From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State chapter, has urged the Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Mohammed Adamuto, to set up a panel to investigate the killing of a lecturer with the state polytechnic by alleged Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) led by Mr Akin Fakorede in the state.
The party recalled that Dr Ferry Gberegbe, a senior lecturer at Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic who was PDP Khana collation agent, was allegedly shot by operatives of F-SARS on March 9, 2019 at Khana Local Government Area.
Speaking during a press conference on Saturday in Port Harcourt, the state PDP chairman, Mr Felix Obuah, disclosed that two other persons who were injured by the gunshot from the alleged police officers were receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in the state.
Obuah stated the need for quick probe into the killing of the father of four (Ferry), so as to bring the perpetrators to book.
He said: “We wish to call on the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed Adamuto to institute a panel to probe the brazen involvement of the Rivers State Commander of F-SARS, Mr. Akin Fakorode and his gang of police operatives in the organized invasion of polling units, collation centers, abduction of electoral officers and the shooting and killing of innocent persons during the general elections at Khana, Gokana, Ikwerre, Eleme, Tai, Oyigbo and Ogu/Bolo Local Governments of the State.
“As we speak, one of the victims of Akin Fakorode’s assault, Dr. Ferry Gberegbe, a senior lecturer at the Ken Saro Wiwa Polytechnic has died of gunshot wounds, while Mr. Marvin Lezor Kpea-ue, Raymond Ledogo and several persons are presently battling with life-threatening injuries inflicted on them by Akin Fakorode and his murderous gang.
“We wish to reiterate that Mr. Akin Fakorede has over the years become a recurrent obstacle to the peaceful conduct of general elections in Rivers State; and he does so with provocative bravado and criminality.
“It is on record that Mr. Akin Fokorode was copiously indicted by INEC’s investigative panel for direct interference and involvement in the violence and rigging that characterized the 10thDecember 2016 and 18thAugust 2018 Legislative Houses re-run elections in Rivers State.
“Unfortunately and to the consternation of law abiding citizens, because nothing has been done to bring him to justice, Mr. Akin Fakorode continues to revel in his criminally culpable assault against our electoral system and the people of Rivers State and getting away with willful assault, murder and criminal violence as if he is above the law.
“This time around, it is our hope and prayer that Akin Fakorode must not escape justice for his numerous crimes against the electoral system and the people of Rivers State, which can only happen with his arrest, investigation and trial as the law demands. Otherwise, such acts of impunity and disregard for the laws of our country will not stop.”
Meanwhile, the party has commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Yusuf Tukur Buratai for setting a committee to investigate the alleged attack on the state Governor, Nyesom Wike.
“We also commend the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Yusuf Tukur Buratai for inaugurating the Major-General TA Gagariga’s led Committee to probe the allegations of misconduct, including the assassination attempt on our Governor, His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike by soldiers during the 2019 general elections.
“We wish to assure the Chief of Army Staff that the PDP will appear, present and prove before the Committee with facts and evidence of the atrocities committed by his soldiers against the electoral process and the people of Rivers State before, during and after the 2019 general elections”, Mr Obuah added.