The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised alarm over threats on the life of the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Rivers State Chairman of the party, Jerry Needam specifically, pointing accusing fingers on the Commander of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the State, Mr Akin Fakorede.
The PDP in a statement issued by Jerry Needam, yesterday said the development may not be unconnected with a newspaper report on the alleged activities of Mr Fakorede in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of the state during the March 9 Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.
The statement reads, “Information available affirms that some F-SARS officers are trailing Jerry Needam over the publication that exposed Akin Fakorede’s invasion of INEC Collation Center in Bori and the hijack of materials and the Electoral Officer (EO) as well as shooting of innocent Ogonis, adding that Akin Fakorede also in the process arrested PDP Assembly candidate for Khana Constituency 2, Prince Ngbor, popularly called PIKORO.
“After exposing these ignoble activities of the F-SARS commander, Jerry Needam has been receiving death threats from anonymous callers and text messages, threatening his life”, he said.
The statement said that the party is still trying to come to terms as to why any sane individual would contemplate harming Mr Needam, a professional journalist who was duly accredited by INEC to cover the elections.
It noted that regardless of his position as media aide to state PDP Chairman, Jerry Needam is duty bound as a journalist to report the outcome of the elections as a social responsibility to the public.
The PDP declared that no amount of threat or intimidation by men of F-SARS would deter him from carrying out his constitutional obligation to members of the public.