Delta state PUNCH newspapers correspondent, Mr. Ovie Okpare narrowly escaped death Wednesday at Nana College, Warri, collation centre for the by-election to fill the vacant seat of Warri South constituency 1 into the Delta state House of Assembly.
HardReporters reliably gathered that the power drunk policeman after roughly assaulting Okpare who was in company of his Vanguard correspondent colleague, Mr. Egufe Yafugborhi, threatened to kill him (Okpare) with his gun and nothing will happen.
The incident which occurred around 8:05pm, it was learnt happened when the PUNCH correspondent in company of his colleague went to the collation centre when the power drunk policeman attached to the Counter Terrorism Unit otherwise known as (Red Beret of the Nigeria Police Force) attacked him while trying to gain entry into the Nana College, Warri, the collation centre for the Wednesday’s by-election.
Our correspondent gathered that the policeman, whose name was given as C. Lanson, got more aggressive, moment the PUNCH correspondent identified himself, at this junction, threatened to kill the Journalist and began to use his belt on him, saying “You say you are pressmen. I’ll not allow you to come into this place because you people will come in and go out to write what you did not see. Leave here. I say leave here.”
As the assault was on, Okpare summoned the courage and put a call across to the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zanna Ibrahim, who was coincidentally present at the venue before the power drunk policeman was called to order.
When our correspondent put a call across to the state police public relations officer, PPRO, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, his line rang repeatedly but was not answered and did not revert his calls.