From Tony John, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has vowed that perpetrators of Monday’s killings at Ngbuoshimini area of Port Harcourt, the state capital, would be brought to justice.
Wike gave the assurance yesterday, when he led members of the State Security Council on an on-the-spot assessment of the community where unknown gunmen killed 11 persons at a market.
He disclosed that security agencies have been empowered to fish out the culprits.
“This is most unfortunate. Those involved in this dastardly act will not go scot-free. The security agencies have been empowered to go after them.
“Everybody should remain calm as we are talking measures to ensure that our people are protected from such ugly attacks.”
The governor added that an initial security report indicated that it was cult-related violence and wondered why perpetrators would unleash mayhem on innocent persons.
He said that as part of measures to forestall recurrence, the administration would build a police station and quarters in the area, to check the activities of criminals.
The governor also added that the state government would assist families of the deceased and called on the public to cooperate with security agencies, through the supply of relevant information to check the activities of criminals.
“We will not leave any stone unturned. We will fight the cultists to the point that they will know that Rivers state is not a safe haven for them.
“But, we require the support of the public. The security agencies have given us the assurances that they will do their best.
“For sometime, we have had relative peace before this unfortunate incident.”
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), have traded accusations over the killings.
APC State Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone blamed the state government for the murders. But, his PDP counterpart, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike refuted the accusation and commiserated with families who lost beloved ones.
The PDP also berated the Niger Delta Bishops and Ministers Forum’s award to the Commander, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Akin Fakorede.
They said the award demeaned the integrity of the Forum.
Nwanosike said: “It is highly unimaginable that a body such as the Niger Delta Bishops and Ministers Forum (also known as United Bishops and Eminent Clerics Initiative of Nigeria Incorporated), could bestow such an award upon someone like CSP Akin Fakorede, who has been a tool of the APC-led Federal Government.
“Frankly, that award on him is a misnomer. It came at a time when F-SARS operatives are doing more harm than good in Rivers State.
“We are all aware that the F-SARS led by CSP Fakorede, has always been in the news for negative and unprofessional conducts.”