The mother of a former Councillor in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr. Endurance, was shot by suspected cultists.
The woman, who has been hospitalized, was shot yesterday morning at her home, Egede Street, Mile 2, Diobu, Port Harcourt City.
The cultists claimed that their action followed the refusal of her son, the ex-councilor, to pay them the election security money he promised them, adding that they were allegedly contracted for the election.
A source privy to the development alleged that the suspected cultists were led by a young man simply called Zubi.
The source said the gunmen had met the ex-councilor in front of his house on Egede Street, demanding that he pays them (suspected cultists) their election security money.
It was gathered that the former councilor insisted that he has no money to give them, adding the statement of Endurance angered the hoodlums, who immediately started hurling bottles into his compound.
The source further disclosed that Endurance escaped into his house when the criminals brought out a gun.
It was learned that the cultists shot at him while he was running into his room, where the bullets hit his mother.
Another source, who gave his name simply as Jonathan, said the hoodlums escaped after the shooting incident.
Jonathan disclosed that the Police operatives from Azikiwe Division, in charge of the area and other Police units, visited the scene at press time.
Contacted, spokesperson of the Rivers State Police Command, Grace Iringe Koko, confirmed the incident, noting that the woman was receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital.
Iringe-Koko said the investigation has been opened to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators.