’30 APC members killed in political violence in Rivers’

The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has said 30 of its members have so far been killed during various political crises that rocked the state in the past few months.

The chairman of the party in the state, Davis Ikanya, who stated this in a statement Thursday, however, lamented that the police had not made any arrest in connection with the killings.

He accused the members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party of being behind the killings.

“Our investigations showed that we have lost no fewer than 30 of our members and supporters in political attacks instigated in parts of the State by agents of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party,” he said.

“As painful as this is, we are miffed that no single arrest has been made by the police in connection with these politically-motivated killings calculated to intimidate and annihilate us as a political party.”

Mr. Ikanya said those behind the killings were increasingly becoming emboldened by the day as demonstrated by their brazen attack on APC gubernatorial train in Okrika, the home town of the wife of the president, Patience Jonathan, on February 18.

According to him, the shooting, bombing and successful disruption of Okrika rally was aimed principally at eliminating the APC governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside and the successful kidnapping of Fred Ndigbara, a civil servant working in the media unit of Governor Rotimi Amaechi.

‘We indeed need no soothsayer to tell us that we are no longer protected but now endangered species,” he said. “When a political party is denied the right to canvas for votes in an assumed democratic system, as has been done to us in Okrika, we can only conclude that Nigeria is slowly but steadily slipping into a state of anarchy.

“With the lives of our people threatened on daily basis, with the security agencies looking the other way, we have every reason to wonder if the PDP-controlled Federal Government is truly serious that elections will hold in Rivers State during the general elections scheduled for March and April.”

The APC chairman commended the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, “for ordering full investigation into the madness that happened at Okrika, where one of the policemen providing security at our rally was brutally killed”.

He also commended Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 6, Tunde Ogunsakin, for ordering Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Dan Bature, to rescue Mr. Ndigbara from the hands of those that kidnapped him while on a democratic duty during the rally of APC at Khana recently.

“We however wish to emphasise that something serious must be done soon to avoid us losing hope on the ability of the police to secure our lives,” Mr. Ikanya said.

“PDP and its promoters can’t be allowed to continue to act with impunity as if the police are an extension of the party as being boasted by some of its chieftains.

“It is very unfortunate and sad that a Police Force that is being sustained and maintained by our taxes should allow its reputation to be ruined by a group of people who do not mean well for our State.”

The APC chairman demanded “the immediate rescue of Fred Ndigbara, a harmless fellow whose only crime is belonging to APC, and that adequate protection be accorded to our gubernatorial candidate and the entire APC leadership in Rivers State.”

“We also demand a stop to the further harassment of our members. We are full citizens of this country and we can no longer tolerate being treated like second class citizens,” he said.

He said the party commiserated with the family of the slain policeman, police corporal, Ifeanyi Okorie, and assured that it would do everything humanly possible to ensure that his children are given the best education that they need to succeed in life.


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  • amazing2012

    PDP=Boko Haram !

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    Truly, Nigerian politicians are the greatest enemies of democracy. They fight the military and brand their rule as dictatorial and anomalous, continually heaping pressure on them to hand over to “a democratically elected government.” Democracy itself is not a Nigerian creation, it is borrowed. If those from whom it was borrowed are succeeding with it, then something must be wrong with those who borrowed it and are failing at it. Using music as an example, I had often posited that, in order to perform the musical work of an artist and make it appeal to all, the score must be accurate and the rhythm spot on. Any other approach would leave your fans unwilling to return to “that club where they play thrash and call it music…” Your club gate fees would be over-priced, the seats empty even on a Saturday night and you would soon be out of business unless you get your act together. The same principles apply to the practice of the democracy we borrowed. We maim and kill those we never even knew or had the opportunity of meeting. When they are not in our party, they become sworn enemies that must be silenced at whatever cost. Is this the way it is done by those from whom we borrowed the form of government? It seems that monarchy would best suit us Nigerians. But why did we do away with it in the first place? Could it be because every one wanted to be a chief or prince and no place was left for the Nigerian? A case of more chiefs than there are Indians? The long and short description of the Nigerian is, he or she is greedy by nature and many don’t know how to manage success. Government is nobody’s family business, so is politics. When you lose one, you withdraw to do a self-appraisal and come up with something new and beneficial to those you aspire to SERVE.. Then you join the fray for another try. If greed is not part of our make up, understanding this should eliminate our primitive urges to conquer by hook and remain glued to the seat by crooking the process. That lifestyle is now dated among the human specie. That it still reigns among animals in far flung jungles and NatGeo Wild profits from bringing them to our TV screens is no excuse to descend to their levels. If it is democracy of convenience, then l suggest we go back to where we were before – monarchy. At least we could all be chiefs and princes. What say ye?

  • NNAMDI EZENWAFOR UNIJE

    they and any other persons that wants to bring apc boko haram into biafra land deserve to die.

    • kykkyk

      Do you really mean some people deserve death for being in a particular party? Then I need not go further in search of deveil

      • NNAMDI EZENWAFOR UNIJE

        YES; THEY DESERVE DEATH FOR DEFYING THE LAND.APC IS BOKO HARAM AND WE ALL KNOW THE ACTIVITIES OF THIS ISLAMIC GROUP.SO IF THEY FULLY AND OFFICIALLY GETS INTO BIAFRA LAND;THEY WILL SURELY BEHEAD OUR PEOPLE WHOM ARE CHRISTAINS.BIAFRA LAND IS HOLY AND ISLAM IS NOT WELCOME.SO ANY BODY THAT WORK OR BELONGS TO APC/BOKO HARAM IS ENEMY OF BIAFRA AND MUST BE DESTROYED.

  • Dr.Dan

    Its so sad that Rivers State is going back to the days of Peter Odili. When touts were armed by the gov’t and Port- Harcout was turned into a theatre of war. Now GEJ,his wife and Wike are repeating the same Odili’s mistake.

  • Mr. Abdin

    This is very unfortunate.

  • JibrilMusagroup

    The APC is a fragmented, violent and a disunited body, made up of all kinds of liars and evil men. We have known apc for all its kinds of propaganda ideas, they must have done this among themselves just for one to think that the PDP is also a violent party like theirs, May God see us through all their evil plans. Amen. President Jonathan has scored a moral victory against his opponents, as a role model for the younger generation to emulate as the new face of modern Nigeria. President Goodluck is the best President in Nigeria. Vote for Goodluck. #goodluck4president