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Group seeks emergence rule in Rivers over violence


By Tom Amakri, Port Harcourt

A group known as Rivers Pathfinders has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Rivers State.

Reacting to the spate of continued violence in the state, the group stated that the nation risks losing Rivers State as one of the component of the Nigerian nation.

Addressing a news conference in Port Harcourt on Sunday, President of the group, Comrade Clement William Jack, expressed fear that unless the Federal Government intervenes urgently, the state will be extinct and gone into oblivion.

He hinged his call on the level of insecurity in the state culminating in the daily killing of innocent citizens and the destruction of properties in several of the local government areas of the State.

“When this killing started, we thought it was targeted among the political class as the APC and its leadership cried foul on daily basis while the PDP traded counter accusations.

“But today it is clear that the Government of Nyesom Wike has lost control and the people have lost faith in the Governor’s capacity to protect them,” the Rivers Pathfinders observed.

“Just within a month alone, nine (9) persons were beheaded at Oduoha Emohua, 17 persons at Ogoni, 13 persons at Ahoada West, 6 persons at Abua, uncountable number of killings in Omoku. Last night (Friday 3rd June 2016), over 40 persons relaxing at the frontage or stores or drinking parlours were sent to untimely death at Aluu community next door to the University of Portharcourt.

“The killers of the unsuspecting innocent citizens were said to have started their rampage from Isiokpo, Omuagwa, Rumuekpe communities before arriving at Aluu,” The Spokesperson of the Rivers Pathfinders narrated in bewilderment.

“The group believes that the state is finished. What is remaining of the geographic expression called Rivers State is a shadow of itself. There is blood everywhere. No one is sleeping anymore. The people are permanently living in fear, twenty-four seven.

“What we hear every day is that the Rivers House of Assembly has approved billions and billions of naira for Governor Nyesom Wike and we wonder what he is using the money for if the insecurity in the State still persists. Instead of letting the Federal government know the situation, Governor Wike will sponsor news items to give the impression that normalcy has returned to the State whereas the reverse is the case.

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