Rivers Killings: Police begin search for gunmen

The Rivers State Police Command said on Saturday that it has commenced search for gunmen who killed six persons and burnt the house of a politician in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Ahmed Muhammad, said this in Port Harcourt during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

Mr. Muhammed, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the gunmen attacked Obrikom and Obor communities killing six persons and injuring two others.

He said they also burnt the house of Vincent Ogbagu, the All Progressives Congress House of Assembly candidate for the local government area.

“At about 7.30 p.m. yesterday (April 3), some unknown armed men invaded Obrikom and Obor communities and went on a shooting spree. They killed six and injured two persons.

“They also set ablaze the house of Vincent Ogbagu, an APC House of Assembly candidate,’’ he said.

Mr. Muhammad said the police had commenced investigation into the incident with a view to bringing its perpetrators to book.

“We appeal to the public to assist in making available, credible information in this respect,’’ he said.

The victims are believed to be supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Rivers has witnessed several election-related violence leading to the death of many people since the governor, Chibuike Amaechi, dumped Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the APC last year.

The PDP won the presidential and national assembly elections in the state on March 28 although the APC has rejected the results alleging electoral irregularities.



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  • Victor TC Anyanwu

    The current killings in Rivers State could hardly come as a surprise to any one who had cared about the build-up of political hatred and skirmish in Rivers State since the internal squabble for leadership in the state (old) PDP. The current situation is not different from the war-torn local governments of Borno state, and demands for similar treatment: INEC is expected to similarly refrain from conducting elections in unsafe areas like Ogu/Bolo (Okrika), Abua/Odua and Onelga, pending when security situation improves.

  • Mee Man

    The terrorists in Rivers State will not win – Asari and the likes will soon knew the might of Nigeria under Buhari, the same general that defeated invading Chadian forces and removed the Chad military from Nigeria in 1980, when Buhari was army chief. Too many Rivers States lives had been lost under PDP rule.

  • mike

    The police are making a political statement as if they don’t know that Wike and the pdp are behind the killings.
    If they want peace in Rivers State they should change the INEC REC in the state. This is so as she has been highly compromised, acting out Wike’s script and instructions.
    If they bring a neutral person to conduct the elections, Wike, his police collaborators and his murdering pdp thugs will know that their game is up.

  • obiora

    Jesus Fed Five thousand but Five Thousand are feeding Nigeria Pastors. How can some one tell me they (the pastors) are followers of Jesus. Because They (the Pastors) in Nigeria are opposite of Christ.

    • KBE

      Ignorance is a disease and lack of understanding is disease far worse and more fatal than HIV. When you enter a church and AC cools your head they must have bought that on credit. When you listen to soul lifting orchestra and choir with instrumentalists playing, the church must have gotten all that free of charge from the streets. When those young Nigerian instrumentalists are renumerated and make a living from playing in church that must have come from the government donations to churches. When the church like every industry in our country purchases big generators because we don’t have electricity and spends several thousand every service day on diesel the owners of generators and fuel stations must have donated them to church. It is okay for shrines and night clubs to look as decent as possible but it is an abomination to have a befitting place of worship. It is right to buy a table for 10 million and 500 hundred thousand naira a night to watch AY perform live. It is called spending your hard earned money. There is nothing wrong in paying Timaya stage performing fee singing bend down low and rides the latest cars. It is a crime for the pastors feeding people with the word of God, fasting, praying and laying hand on the sick and the oppressed all day to ride a good car and send their children to decent schools. It is a taboo that pastors are riding jet instead of going to Japan on the back of a donkey and crossing the Mediterranean using a wooden boat like Jesus. It is wrong for the church to have employed thousands of jobless people paying as at when due and living a decent live. All of these money comes from the mouth of the fish like it happened in the days of Jesus. ENOUGH OF PLAYING THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE.

  • Anonymous

    No one is perfect and without correction or reproach, I like Pastor Mike Bamiloyes response to the recent questioning of tithe, Jesus did not get mad when Apostles, diciples or leaders questioned him about certain scriptures, he replied them with wisdom and scripture that he was not changing scripture but it was them that did not truly understand, daddy Freeze should not be shut down of threthened cus Jesus did not do like that, u do what Jesus did, u use scripture to show him his error, tithong is mentioned in old and new testament, but i nring out this two verses and they will sum up my submision and i beleive any doubter will fond fruit in these verses.

     2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
     Luke 11:42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.

    So u see Jesus said tithe should not be neglected as well as the other things, Tithing is not sin, it is not a bad habit, it is good and honorable to pay tithe and like Mike Bamiloye explained if he does not pay tithe it may be counted against him, he may be accused of robbong God, so better to pay tithe, u have nothing to loose but money, but remember that iall ur money is Gods money, giving back a tenth is fair, now if tithe is not being administered the way God instructed it then it is no longer u the beeliver that is robbing God it is the men of God and it is between them and God, u the tither are not culpable, and u pay ur tithe to God and not to men of God, so God honors ur tithe whether it is misused or not.

    This is how it should be explained to daddy freeze and others and not to be attackong them, shutting them down, insulting themthat is not how Jesus did it, is Jesus not the teacher? Then follow his example

  • curseless

    My question to Aribisala is, has he giving an offering before to talk less of tithing? There is no compulsion for those who does not believe in paying or giving any of the two, particularly tithes. The scripture is there as a guide and no one can upend the word of God fit it is forever settled. The people splitting their head just because someone choose to pay are the one’s that have problems, because there has been no documentation of anyone collecting tithes under duress or Kalashnikov .The Pastors or overseers collecting these funds for their own gains will get their reward from the Almighty God and not from freeze or Aribisala . It is a known fact that at any given day Nigerians pays into the pockets of judges, police, government officials just to get services that should cost them nothing. Are there 419 so called men of God, yes they exist and even as at that people choose to part with their money. For this reason these crusaders should direct their vituperation to these people, after all baba Ijebu is laughing to the bank with the money of these so called poor people. The givers and the rogue takers are both at fault but it will be disingenuous to collectively castigate sincere men of God who are simply teaching and preaching undiluted word of God. Word of God can not be carnally discern my friend Aribisala, you must be Spirituallly led. Those words are life and spirit.