As killings across different parts of Rivers State continue unabated, unknown gunmen on Monday night again, shot and killed a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state Mr. Charles Otukpor, and two others in Bori, headquarters of Khana local government area of the state.
Nigerian Pilot gathered the the trio were shot dead by the rampaging gunmen, who were riding on a motorcycle along the Polytechnic Road in Bori, traditional headquarters of the Ogoni ethnic nationality.
Nigerian Pilot further gathered that Otukpor, until his untimely death, was a staunch supporter of Abe and as well a staff of the Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori, while one of the two others, identified as Nekabari is also a member of APC in Ward 1, Khana local government area of the state.
When contacted, state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Ahmad Muhammad, confirmed the killing of the three persons in Bori.
Meanwhile, the APC candidate for Rivers South-East senatorial district, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has described the continued killings of citizens across the state as genocide against Rivers people, especially Ogonis.
Abe, who spoke to journalists at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, was reacting to a statement credited to the PDP, which alleged that the immediate past administration of former Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, killed the security system in the state.
While advising the PDP-led government to support the police without conditions, the APC chieftain accused the state government of not doing enough to secure the lobes and property of people in the state.
He challenged the state Chairman of PDP, Chief Felix Obuah, and the government to arrest and prosecute wanted former militant leader, Chief Solomon Ndigbara and other suspected criminals in the state without political interference.
He stated: “No meaningful development can take place in the face of insecurity in a society like Rivers State where life has no value again, criminality and other vice now the order of the day. Such society will say they have a government?”
Late Otukpor’s death came barely three weeks after gunmen also attacked and killed a lecturer of the Polytechnic at Yeghe, Gokana LGA.