THE seeming return of hired political killers in Rivers State, a frontline oil and gas producing state in Southern Nigeria, is currently unsettling the state Governor, Chibuike Amaechi.
Between 2002 and 2007, the state was a hot bed of politically inspired killings and violence.
However, Amaechi, who is also the Chair of Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum, has angrily ordered the police to fish out the killers of Julius Nwaofu, the State Chairman of All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, an opposition party.
The ANPP leader, Julius Nwaofu, was allegedly assassinated by unidentified gunmen in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Amaechi, Mr. David Iyofor, in an online statement to AkanimoReports on Friday, said the governor decried the dastardly act describing it as “wicked and atrocious” at this time in the life of the country and the oil-producing state.
While consoling the bereaved family and ANPP members, the governor made it abundantly clear that the police ”must” get to the root of the murder.
He directed that all security agencies in the state ”must work assiduously” to ensure that the perpetrators of the ”evil crime” are caught and brought to book in no distant time.
“As a state government, we will ensure that the security agencies do not relent until the criminals behind this heinous act are captured and face the full wrath of the law,” Amaechi said.
He further urged everyone in the state to remain calm as the government is working closely with law enforcement agents to rid the state of such inhuman and unlawful activities.