THE Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has alleged massive killing of its members in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, ONELGA, in the state, while the Nigeria Police failed to provide security for the people of the area.
The APC in a statement signed by Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, its chairman, on Friday, February 12, alleged that suspected members of the Icelanders cult group invaded Omoku and environs where they picked on selected houses of the APC members and murdered some of the occupants.
“By the last count, 26 persons were shot dead and some beheaded. Eyewitness accounts revealed that the attack lasted from early evening up till 10pm and despite calls to the Police for help, there was no response until the killers finished their dastardly mission and left with some of the heads of those they killed,” the statement said.
However, it said after a few hours, the Rivers State Police command issued a statement blaming the killings on a fight between rival cult groups. “This is the most bizarre statement to come out of the Police because they have not, to this moment, named the suspected cult groups. We make bold to ask the Police, what are the names of the suspected cult groups and their kingpins? How did the Police arrive at their conclusion? Why was the Police unable to respond to SOS calls by victims and neighbours for the over five hours the killings took place on different streets of Omoku?
“We are convinced beyond doubt that the Rivers State Police command has resorted to a policy of drawing hasty conclusions for the purpose of either hiding their incompetence or protecting the interests of sponsors of the killers or both,” the APC said.
The party also recalled several incidents where it had called on the authorities to threats against its members in the state and without any action.
“On January 14, 2016 the Rivers State chapter of the APC, in a press statement, warned of a plan to commence the killing of APC members in ONELGA…
“In less than 24 hours of that warning, an APC Ward 6 Chairman [Mr. Owotor] was shot dead on his street by gunmen. To date, the Police are yet to make public the outcome of their investigation on the killing.
“Last week, a member of the APC of ONELGA origin, Hon. Monday Eleanya, was gunned down around Ada-George area of Port Harcourt where he lives. Still in shock over the death of Hon. Eleanya, last Friday, February 12, the orgy of killings, like an episode taken from a horror movie, played out at Omoku,” the party said.
The APC, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to come to the rescue of the people of ONELGA “as the primary purpose of government anywhere in the world is the protection of lives and property of the citizens.” Adding: “We also call on the Presidency, minister of the Interior, service chiefs, the inspector-general of Police and all those who have been petitioned over the insecurity in Rivers State especially in ONELGA, Ahoada East, Ahoada West and Abua/Odual LGAs axis to take urgent steps to stem the ongoing unrestrained killings that have turned the state into a shameful killing field.”
— Feb 16, 2016 @ 16:40 GMT