Retired General Shelpidi on life support machine

  Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- former Nigerian Field Commander of the ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Sierra Leone, Timothy Shelpidi, is on life support machine in hospital two days after he was shot severally by unknown gunmen in his residence in Abuja, the private Punch newspaper reported.
   The newspaper, which broke the story Thursday, quoted a source at the National Hospital in Abuja as saying: "He is still receiving intensive treatment.
He is on life support machine but hope is not lost at all.
"   It said the government was contemplating taking the retired Nigerian army Major-General abroad for treatment if his condition stabilises.
   Five gunmen suspected to be assassins forced their way into Shelpidi's residence Wednesday and shot him in the chest, thighs and buttocks before escaping in a getaway car.
   Since retiring from the military, the 55-year-old former infantry general has made a foray into politics, where he contested for the governorship of northern Gombe state in 2003.
   The new Police Commissioner of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Emmanuel Adebayo, is reported to be leading the team of policemen investigating the attack, the latest in a series in the nation's capital and beyond in the past few weeks.
   Former FCT Minister Mohammed Abba-Gana and the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dora Akunyili, recently fell victim to similar attacks.

09 january 2004 11:34:00

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