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Rivers blood bath: Unmasking the demons behind the killings

Editor’s note: The media in recent times has been saturated with news of gruesome politically-motivated killings targeted at APC members in Rivers state. While these killing continue unabated, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Rives government has tried to exonerate itself from the Rivers blood bath, but facts on ground tell a different story.

The APC in Rivers state has accused Governor Nyesom Wike of abandoning all construction activities at all work sites in the state.

The harvest of deaths

Like a gory tale from a horror movie, unidentified gunmen on Thursday morning, March 17, laid siege on Mgbuitanwo, in Emohua Clan, Emohua local government area of Rivers state, the home country of the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in this Saturday’s rerun elections, Chief Andrew Uchendu, and beheaded a 28-year-old man identified as Mr. Ukeoma.

The victim was shot before he was decapitated by the unknown gunmen, who attacked the community at about 5:30am in the morning.

As if that was not enough, the political thugs abducted another resident, leaving behind a trail of blood and terror.

In a similar development, The Nation on March 07, 2016, reported of how masked gunmen beheaded a chieftain of the APC, Franklin Obi, and killed his wife and 18-year-old son, Bestman.

In what has become a pattern in the state the gunmen after shooting Franklin dead, severed his head and took it away.

The killings took place at Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government, hometown of the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Felix Obuah.

Until his murder at his home on Rutachi Street in Omoku, Obi was the APC’s chairman of Ward 4, the same ward with Obuah.

In Omoku alone last month, 25 persons were killed, with many of them beheaded by blood thirsty bigots, while security agencies embarked on their endless investigations which usually lead nowhere.

Why Gov Wike is suspect

Rivers state has gained notoriety for being a political blood thirsty state, in the run-up to the 2015 presidential and the governorship elections in state, over than 100 innocent people were reportedly killed.

After the Supreme Court victory of Governor Nyesom Wike, the killings resumed and heightened in the weeks leading to the March 19, 2016 Rivers state rerun into the National Assembly and state House of Assembly.

The APC has accused the PDP-led Rivers government of sponsoring and stoking violence against its members. This accusation follows from the fact that most of the victims of the gruesome killings are those with political leanings to the APC.

However, the state government has explained away the recent killing as a supremacy battle among rival cult gangs. It also described attempts to link the state government to the killings in the state as “shameless and irresponsible”.

But narrative the state government is in sharp contrast to happenings in Rivers which appear to indict Governor Nyesom Wike of fueling political violence.

Recently Nyesom Wike at the grand finale of the PDP campaign rally held at Ikwerre local government area ahead of the re-run legislative elections this Saturday, March 19,  instructed voters to beat-up the minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi if he ( Amaechi) is seen moving around

In his words: “We know their plans. They have arranged how to swap original results on that day. They want to do it Amina Zakari. Tell them we have passed that stage. Is this how Nigeria wants to change? We heard Amaechi will be moving from polling booth to polling booth. Let him try it. I will show him that I am the Governor of Rivers State. I challenge him to move around. If he dares come to anybody’s polling booth and you see him, beat him thoroughly.”

It beats my imagination that such words could come from the mouth of Governor Nyesom Wike, a sitting governor of a state. If he could urge such orgy of violence in public against a current minister of the federal republic of Nigeria, then one wonders what he would do to common APC members in the state.

As the chief security officer of the state, Wike cannot exonerate himself from the current assault on APC members in the state.

From facts on ground, the PDP-led River state government is either guilty of sponsoring violence against APC members in the state or utterances credited to the governor ahead of the upcoming rerun in the have turned the state into a killing field.

Even though President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the political violence in Rivers state and promised to deal decisively with all sponsors of violence, his reactions to the killings should not stop at that.

SOS to the federal government 

The Federal Government needs to do something by safe guarding the lives of APC members in the state  and fish out the blood thirsty hoodlums responsible for the killings to forestall  future recurrences.

It is a shame to allow a part of Nigeria to degenerate into a banana republic where targeted killings are used to settle political scores.

As for the feeble innocence Wike is claiming, I believe it is easier for a Carmel to pass through the eyes of a needle than for Wike to exonerate himself from the River bloodbath. Do you agree?

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the editorial policy of Naij.com.

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