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APC, PDP Trade Words Over Killing In Rivers

Posted: Mar 8, 2016 at 5:31 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Daniel Abia, Port Harcourt

Frontline political parties in Rivers State on Monday continued to trade blames over last weekend killing in Omoku Local Government Area and some parts of the state in which a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was alleged to have been beheaded.

Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, APC candidate in the March 19 Rivers South-East Senatorial District re-run election, accused Governor Nyesom Wike of keeping and maintaining a private army of hoodlums to feather his political nest in the Rivers South-East Senatorial District.

Speaking in a local radio programme news and current affairs tagged: “Crux of the Matter”, Abe said that the criticism against the presence of Nigerian Army in the District and other parts of Rivers State by the governor and the PDP was to ensure that the Army withdraws from the area for his private army to take over and give cover to the manipulation of the March 19 re-run election.

“There are two armies in Rivers State as we speak. There is the Nigerian Army that is under the command of President Muhammedu Buhari and then there is an army of gangsters and criminals that is commanded by Governor Wike.

“So, all these noise you are hearing are blackmail against the Nigerian Army. It is just designed to blackmail the Army into withdrawing from the March 19 elections so that their own army can operate the way they operated the last time. There is nothing else that the army has done to deserve the kind of blackmail that is going on”.

Speaking further, Abe said that the security situation at Bori, headquarters of Gokana Local Government Area was bad to the extent that market women could hardly withdraw money from the bank without hoodlums attacking and dispossessing them of their savings.

“If you go to Bori today, a lot of the women who sell in the market don’t even use the banks in Bori. In a minute or two, people are after you with guns to collect your money. The entire area has been rendered unsafe by criminals affiliated to ex-militant, Solomon Ndigbara,” he said.

He added that Solomon Ndigbara ran a ring of criminal gangsters operating freely in Ogoni, which affects business, law and order.

Senator Abe stated that the activities of Ndigbara was being sponsored and supported by the governor to enable him stop him at all cost from winning the election without minding the consequences of his action on the ordinary man in the street who could not sleep with his two eyes closed.

He said that he had never had any political relationship with Ndigbara because of his criminal behaviour.

“I have no relationship with Solomon Ndigbara. This is a man that has been involved in a lot of criminal activities around the Ogoni. His antecedents are not hidden. What is surprising to me is that people will see evil and keep quiet.

There was an incident that happened sometimes ago in which two gentlemen who left a meeting in my house were summarily executed and their wives clearly said that Solomon Ndigbara was responsible for the death of their husbands and I have told him I would have nothing to do with him until he resolves that issue with those families. So, from that time till today, I have had nothing absolutely to do with Ndigbara.”

On his part, the state chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Felix Obuah described the killings in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State which continued over the weekend, as reckless.

The State PDP Boss who is also from Omoku described the resurgence of killings among his kinsmen as abominable and sheer madness.

Obuah wondered why all the entreaties by the State Governor Nyesom Wike to all the warring youths in Omoku during his visit to the area a few weeks ago could be so flagrantly violated as though they gain anything from killing one another.

Describing the weekend onslaught as one too many, he urged the police to beef up security around the area and all parts of the State and further urged them to fish out perpetrators of the heinous acts and bring them to book.

While sympathizing with victims of the attack, the Rivers PDP Chairman advised the police to step up their intelligence gathering in order to prevent further attacks and killings of Rivers people.

“My heart goes out to those that lost their lives and loved ones in this tragic event’’, Obuah said.

He further urged politicians to join hands with Governor Nyesom Wike to keep the State peaceful and secure from the hands of criminals, rather than trading blames and politicking with insecurity of any kind in the state.

“Rather than join in the fight against criminality and insecurity in the State, some politicians, particularly, chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC have used it to play politics”.

It would be recalled that a number of people lost their lives during the unfortunate weekend attack including one Isaac Ikechukwu Chinedu, PDP Chairman in Obite, Chinedu Saidey, Ward 9 PDP Assistant Secretary from Oboburu Community, Franklyn Nkukuru Obi, APC Ward 4 chairman, his wife and son.