Mr Kelvin Dappa, a member of the Diobu Vigilante group in the Port Harcourt area of Rivers State has been reportedly shot by unknown gunmen.
The victim is in critical condition and has been hospitalised at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt.
The gunmen who stormed the area at Monday night fatally shot Dappa on the buttocks and disappeared before colleagues could come to the victim’s rescue.
Vigilantes in Diobu are constant targets of armed gangs for suppressing cult violence and armed robberies against residents in the volatile Rivers capital suburb with the police hardly rising to the occasion.
Prince Amatari Bipeledei, Secretary/Spokesperson, Diobu Vigilante narrated that, “Unknown gunmen in a Toyota Camry at about 8.20pm stormed Dick Tiger Street, Diobu, and shot Kelvin Dappa who was on duty.
“We have taken the victim to the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, his condition very critical. This attack was sponsored and targeted at myself and Obamanor Victor, Chief Security Office on that Dick Tiger Street.
“I and Obamanor were in that street when we heard the gunshot. We were thinking it was sounding from a far distance. Unknown to us, it was within. Minutes later, we received calls that this our guard has been shot, who is now in the hospital.
“Before now we have raised security alarm on plots going on. These are some of the evidences of those security alarm we have raised before now”
Police Public Relations Officer, Rivers Command, Nnamdi Omoni was yet to respond to the development at the time of filing this report as the matter has already been reported at the Azikwe Police Station.