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ONELGA Killings: Why Rivers PDP Wants APC Chair To Be Interrogated

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The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Rivers State Police Command to interrogate the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, following recent statements he made over the alleged killings in Omoku, ONELGA Local Government Area of the states.

It will be recalled that the APC had alleged that the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area (ONELGA) killings, which occurred last week, was hatched by members of a cult group and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

A statement issued by Jerry Needam, the Special Adviser on Media to the State PDP Chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah on Tuesday, which noted the unfortunate incidents, said that it was sad that the APC, rather than show concern for the acts of lawlessness and sympathize with the families of victims, has chosen to play the role of a judge.

The statement alleged that Ikanya has formed the habit of “laying claim to ownership and party membership of victim(s) of any dastardly acts anywhere in the State just to create disaffection between the ruling party and the rest of the people.”

Obuah said, “This attitude of the APC State chairman, and mouthpiece according to the PDP no doubt casts a question mark on the genuine intention of the APC, moreso, the interest in using the news of the dead ones to curry favour from the unsuspecting members of the public without any efforts to reach out to the families concerned.

“The PDP therefore sees it as dangerous politics to always rush to the press as the State Chairman of the APC, Davies Ikanya has done in this particular case just to cast aspersions not only on the PDP but also on security agencies for not doing the needful, instead of empathizing with the situation and using his position to assist the security agents by providing clues to unravel those behind the mayhem for prosecution.

“The PDP also wants Mr Davies Ikanya to be invited and interrogated by the police for admitting to be in possession of the video clips of the incidents which means he was privy to the killings and to also explain how he knew those who masterminded the act.

“It’s against this background that the PDP believes that Mr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya should know more than he has admitted through his utterances about the alleged killings and should be interrogated to give further explanations on the issue,” the statement read.

The PDP sympathized with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the unfortunate incidents, stressing that no reason or cause can justify the taking of one’s life by another.

“We therefore without any reservations condemn the unwarranted waste of lives not only in ONELGA but also anywhere across the State and beyond.

“It’s ungodly, criminal, stupid and unacceptable to avenge or address any misgivings through blood-letting. This is barbaric and obtains only in the animal kingdom.

“May we also enjoin our security agencies to intensify their efforts in arresting insecurity in the State, arrest and prosecute anybody convinced to have been directly or indirectly involved, encouraged, abetted or behind the killings.

“The PDP administration will never condone any act of lawlessness against any citizen of the State or those doing their legitimate business anywhere in the State irrespective ethnicity, religion or political affiliation etc.

“The Governor Wike-led government is all inclusive and for all Rivers people”, the State PDP chairman declared.