RSG To Investigate Akpor Monarch’s Killing

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Worried over the spate of killings in Akpor Kingdom in the last few months, Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, says prompt action would be taken by him personally to uncover perpetrators of the crimes. The governor gave the assurance while speaking at the Platform, a special personality interview programme organsied by the State Council of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ). Governor Amaechi who proceeded on leave few days after celebrating his second year in office on Monday told newsmen that the killing of HRH Badumere Oriebe, the Nye-Nweli of Akpor Kingdom last month and that of the Chief Security Officer of University of Port Harcourt, Mr Amadi, both from Akpor Kingdom in Obio/Akpor LGA poses threat to the security of the state. The Rivers State chief executive who asserted that security had improved in the state since the inception of his administration stated that the two murders were just pockets of criminal activities, assuring that his government would set machineries in motion to nab the perpetrators. He said, “When I come back from my leave, I would certainly want to study the situation,” adding that he has mandated both the police and SSS to study the situation and brief him later. Last month, the Akpor kingdom monarch was murdered in cold blood in his palace by unknown gunmen thereby throwing the Ozuoba community into mourning. Though the police is said to have swung into action to nab the perpetrators of the regicide, not long after, the Chief Security Officer of UNIPORT was also shot by criminals in the university campus last week. Both the king and Mr Amadi are from Ozuoba community, few kilometres from the University of Port Harcourt campus. For the past weeks, the community has been thrown into serious mourning with chiefs and youths praying and asking the gods to visit the killers. As at press time, no news had been received of whether the killers have been apprehended but Ozuoba community has been thrown into a graveyard silence with lots of residents living in fear over the development.