Rivers State Government, on Friday called on the Inspector General of Police, Department of State Services and other security agencies to fish out the killers of the leader of Ahoada West LG Legislative Assembly Ekele Fyneface Chikobi Cohen popularly called Efcc Chiko in social media circle.
This is as the Government commiserated with the wife and family of the deceased and prayed God to comfort them at the time of anguish, assuring that the State will stand with them.
EFCC Chiko, a social media influencer, was killed on Thursday evening around Rumuji along East-West Road when unknown gun men opened fire on the convoy of the PDP House of Assembly Candidate Hon Nwanaka Augustine Okpokiri, killing EFCC Chiko and abducting some others in their convoy heading to Port Harcourt.
The government made the call in Port Harcourt in a statement issued by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications Barr Emma Okah.
According to Okah: “Time has come for the Government and people of Rivers State to ask more questions as to the security of lives and property in our State and the role and effectiveness of security agencies”
Okah noted that the killing of EFCC Chiko after a campaign rally in his LGA is unacceptable.
He said further that “Despite threats of violence against PDP members and other innocent people in Rivers people, the State Government has continued to find ways to end this quagmire by supporting security agencies but enemies of progress would not agree.
“Recall that the establishment of the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency was a direct response to these challenges but some prominent Rivers sons instigated the Nigeria Army to shut down the recruitment process for their selfish political ends”
“Rivers State Government considers this death and the others like it, a direct affront to the security agencies and Rivers people demand that they rise to the occasion if they want us to believe their strength and impartiality”.
“On our part, we shall continue to do everything within our powers as government to get the perpetrators of this crime to book in no distant time.
” As a Government, we call on the Inspector General of Police not to go the way of his predecessor who politicised Rivers State security and didn’t consider the lives and property of Rivers people a priority despite repeated demands. He must show his presence in the arena”