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Rights Activists Dare Killers Of Port Harcourt Lawyer, Ken Atsuete

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Posted: Sep 1, 2016 at 6:20 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

 Daniel Abia

Port Harcourt – Human rights activists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, have said they cannot be stopped from speaking against injustice in the state whenever the need arises, even with the brutal murder of Barrister Ken Atsuete, one of their colleagues. The activists in a press conference on Thursday in port Harcourt condemned the gruesome murder of the former rights activist by yet to be known gunmen on Sunday morning at his home in Aluu community in Obio/Akpo Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking one after another, the activists vowed that they would never be cowed by anybody but would continue to do what they know best (advocacy), adding that those who killed Ken Atsuete should know that he risked his life serving the poor people and the down- trodden.

Comrade Livingston Wechie, leader of the group, warned politicians not to politicise the death of the lawyer as doing so could foreclose the door to investigation into the murder of their colleague.

“The police must restore the confidence of the people on them by ensuring that those who

killed Ken Atsuete were fished out and made to face the full weight of the law.

“Ken’s death must not be politicised and we will not rest on our oars until justice is done,” Wechie said.

He alleged that he was worried that police were already showing a clear sign of contradiction following the two reports made by DSP Nnamdi Omoni, the Public Relations Officer of the Rivers State Police Command.

Also speaking, Barrister Eugene Odey dismissed the allegation that Ken was a deep-rooted lawyer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), adding that in human rights advocacy, “we don’t play party politics. We are here to serve the public and we do that without any bias.”

He called on the police not sweep the death

of the lawyer under the carpet, noting that the police can only restore the confidence people have on them when the killers of ken are apprehended and prosecuted according to the law of the land.