Amaka Agbu, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Governor, Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that the perpetrators of last Monday’s killings at Ngbuoshimini-Agip Water Front community in Obio/Akpor local government area of the state will be brought to justice.
Speaking on Tuesday when he led members of the State Security Council for an on-the-spot assessment of Ngbuoshimini community where unknown gunmen killed more that 13 innocent persons at a market, Governor Wike said that security agencies had been empowered to fish out the culprits.
He said: “This is most unfortunate. Those involved in this dastardly act will not go scot free. The security agencies have been empowered to go after them. Everybody should remain calm as we are talking measures to ensure that our people are protected from such ugly attacks.”
The governor stated that initial security report indicated that it was a cult-related violence, wondering why perpetrators would unleash mayhem on innocent persons.
He said that as part of measures to forestall a recurrence, his administration would build a police station and quarters to check the activities of criminals, adding that the State Government would assist the families of the deceased.
Governor Wike called on members of the public to cooperate with security agencies through the supply of relevant information to check the activities of criminals.
He continued: “We will not leave any stone unturned. We will fight the cultists to the point that they will know that Rivers State is not a safe haven for them. But we require the support of the public. The security agencies have given us the assurances that they will do their best. For sometime, we have had relative peace before this unfortunate incident.”
It will be recalled that Governor Wike had personally led security agencies to demolish homes of cult leaders in Ngbuoshimini.