The incident occurred at Effurun market in Uvwie Local Council Area of Delta State, while carrying out an empowerment programme for his supporters. It was leant that one of the two bullets fired at him cropped his ear while his wife, Rosemary and some members of his team were also assaulted.
While about 200 women were due to be empowered with N20, 000 each, the attack occurred after he had reportedly attended to about 150 of them. Some of his supporters, who were seriously beaten up and injured, are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Effurun, near Warri.
Omo-Agege, Speaking on the attack, said; “I don’t know who sent them to assassinate me. But I was lucky because the bullet graze through my right ear, if I was not lucky I would have been dead. Two bullets were shot at me. “My brother was shot. Also, we have one of my supporters who was almost killed at Ekpan market all in the presence of Police officers who could not even effect any arrest. I have taken a first step by filing a report with the Ekpan Police Station; I have equally spoken with the State Commissioner of Police. “I will take it to the highest level; all I seek is that these undesirable elements who are out to assassinate people are removed from the system. And I will go to any extent to see to this.
You cannot attempt to kill a sitting Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I refuse to read any political motivation to this, I refuse to. I’m not in any way saying that there is none. But I refuse to. “But you must understand that what took me there is to show my appreciation to the people of Uvwie for the votes they cast for me in the last election and for standing by me in that election. Some people actually feel threatened that this, (my empowerment) is unheard of. “I’m not just there to give Keke or give out grinding machines or give out sewing machines.
These are standard things which every Senator, every House Reps member or every House of Assembly member is entitled to through the SDG’s office at the federal level or state level as the case may be. “We are entitled to receipt of these Kekes, grinding machines, etc and we are expected to give those to our constituents. But I moved beyond that to give reliefs to our people no matter how small. That is why I chose to assist those who are weakest in the link.
These are people who sell tomatoes in the market, who sell pepper in the market and who sell iced fish in the market. “On any given day their total stock is not more than N5,000. So, I felt that no matter how small, if I were to give that to them it will help in boosting their petty business. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. The people are very receptive but there are people who feel threatened by that. And they felt that the best way to stop it is to assassinate me. “For those who were beaten and those who were equally shot at, like myself, I can assure them that we will get to the very bottom of it. Everybody who is involved in this attempted assassination, we will bring them to face the wrath of the law”.
Meanwhile, the Senator Ovie Omo-Agege media and Strategic Team, has condemned in the strongest terms, Saturday assassination attempt on the Senator, his wife, members of his family, APC leaders and his supporters, calling on security agencies to arrest the hoodlums and bring them to justice.