Youth ‘beheaded’ in Rivers community attack

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi

A youth was beheaded in Taaba community in Khana Local Government Area, Rivers State, following the invasion of the community by more than 50 armed men, a state lawmaker said.

The Deputy Speaker of the Rivers House of Assembly, Leyii Kwanee, a native of Taaba, said the gunmen invaded the community on Thursday at about 10 p.m. and attacked the youth.

Details of the attack or its motivation were not clear.

The police spokesperson for the state, Ahmad Muhammad, told PREMIUM TIMES he was not aware of the attack.

But Mr. Kwanee suggested the attack was politically-motivated.

He said the remains of the youth that was killed has been deposited in a mortuary promising to ensure peace returns to Taaba community immediately.

Mr. Kwanee also said the palace of the paramount ruler of Taaba was destroyed during the attack while residents have deserted the community, seeking refuge in other communities.

Noting that another youth was injured and have been hospitalised, Mr. Kwanee blamed the attack on desperate politicians whom he said are seeking power by all means ahead of the 2015 general election.

He also called on the state’s Commissioner of Police, Dan Bature, to investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to book.


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  • redeem

    this is the second murder within a week————–the first was an uncle of amaechi———–now this——-aware of the stanic antics of amaechi with cult groups- the real APC cut and nail governor- of rivers state–has declared war on his people

    • Nigerlite


    • Olu Ade

      This Redeem’s head is upside down, always think like a sheep. When everybody think east, you go west. Get a Psych doctor, get a life!

  • UYI111

    Amaechi is a known cultist in the university circle even as a governor he has only becomes an executive cultist by suppressing other cultist since his rein as a governor now that they know his time is up they might even vent their anger back at him either for un kept promises or simply for use and dump.

  • Tempo


    I stopped reading when the writer stated, against Moghalu’s view, that there is no dissonance between economic growth and fighting corruption.YES THERE IS and any good undergraduate economist knows that so that is not under question at all. ALREADY we are paying dearly for the atmosphere that Buhari/APC has put the country. It is 2 months and the world is waiting to know Nigeria’s policy direction. The negative effect of that on the economy would take 6months to on year to reverse. AGAIN ONLY AN ECONOMIST MAY WELL UNDERSTAND WHY.

    Meanwhile the news-media allegations upon allegation against people, without any due process, point to a govt. which has no clues that there is a dissonance between economic growth and fighting corruption.

    • Mentor

      Mughalu is also not an economist either! He is a lawyer, who likes to sensationalize economic issues that he has no technical economic expertise for. Indeed, he should never have been appointed a Deputy Governor of the CBN; and while he was at the CBN, which economic roadmap did he propose?

      • taiwo

        You are substantially right. However, he did a masters with some bearing on economics. In any case, you don’t have to be a core economist to argue against what Moghalu wrote. All one needs is a good brain, good education & a reasonable level of exposure. I believe Moghalu was clever by half. No where in the world where you have zero corruption. Not even in the West. What we all know is that the level of corruption in Nigeria is not in any way sustainable. It is a rabid cancer that would soon kill Nigeria if not checked. This is what @Tempo needs to understand. He also needs to understand that Moghalu left out context completely in his write-up. Lastly, why would anyone for God’s sake comment on an article you have not fully read if you have not already shown your bias.

      • Tempo

        Moghalu studied at London School of Economics.

        Clearly you have no idea how the CBN works. Actually the Deputy is the executor of policy and the Governor is the spokesperson to the public.

        Lastly you or writer must be employable at a reputable academic institution to be arguing with Moghalu.

        What I mean, analogically, is that a bus conductor cannot be arguing with an auto engineer on why the bus engine is not working.

        • Mentor

          Studying at LSE does not necessarily make you an economist. It depends on what you study there. You probably do not know how the CBN or central bank operates.

  • jideofor Madu

    Mentor. tell that to Christine Lagarde, the French lawyer who is the Managing Director of IMF, Gordon Brown, a historian who was one of the best finance ministers Britain ever produced, Obafemi Awolowo, a lawyer who was a very successful finance minister in our country, or Lee Kwan Yew, the lawyer who masterminded Singapore’s economic transformation. You can even tell it to Raghuram Rajan, the engineer that went on to become a super economist and is the governor of the Indian central bank. It is funny when people pretend that economics is like law or medicine. It is not!! Its just a social science that anyone with intelligence and experience can actually master. Moghalu has practiced and studied economic policy in addition to being a lawyer, and I personally find that economists are overrated. With so many of them in Nigeria, have you ever wondered why we are in such an economic mess? Moghalu’s book Emerging Africa, written while he was in the CBN, proposed a clear roadmap for our economic transformation. Go and read it.

    • Tempo

      are you serious? how many economists have ruled Nigeria? NONE

      If we can wish away economists, why then are thy so highly regarded in developed economies? It is mindset about economists like yours that undermine devt. in Nigeria. Again, you would understand why. Suffice it to say that it is to the credit of economists that some life still remains in our banking, stock exchange, and the real sector, given the massive looting and policy inconsistencies adopted by Nigeria’s political and military classes that ran down the country. Please do not blame economists.

  • Ogb123

    I am quite disappointed that Adeolu dedicated about 25 paragraphs to just discussing what constitutes “dissonance” and what does not without discussing core issues stated in Kingsley’s article. At a point I thought I was repeating paragraphs I had read before. The core issues pointed out by Kingsley are what he considers as 2 core root causes to Nigeria’s malaise (be it corruption, security, whatever) – 1. Lack of a world view and 2. The country’s constitutional and political structure. Kingsley was simply stating that Buhari, while fighting corruption should not neglect the fundamental issues ailing Nigeria – “The bigger picture!”. While fighting corruption is good, within Nigeria’s context it is like cutting of the branches of a tree trying to kill it. Rather than uprooting it from the roots. Kinglsey stated what I deeply believe is the solution – “For Nigeria to achieve true economic power and fulfill its destiny, we must re-imagine, redesign and reconstruct our country”.

    This, in my view, is what we should be discussing and not what constitutes dissonance or not. Are you kidding me? It’s like you, Adeolu, read Kinglsey’s well written article trying to pick something to antagonize him on.

    If Buhari wants to fight corruption then he should start right from the beginning. Granted, there was a lot of corruption during Jonathan’s tenure from what I gather, however corruption in Nigeria did not start during his tenure.

    My question is this, when Buhari is done fighting corruption and leaves, do you think corruption will cease? Will there be a lasting solution to the issue of corruption in Nigeria?

    Please let’s face the truth about Nigeria and decide for ourselves whather we want to all be one country, and if so how do we re-structure the nation and set it up for growth and development.