PDP Alerts On SARS Officer’s Threat To Journalist’s Life


The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cried out over threats on the life of a journalist and Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to state PDP chairman, Jerry Needam, pointing accusing fingers on the Commander of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state, ACP Akin Fakorede.
The PDP, in a statement in Port Harcourt, yesterday, said information available affirmed that some F-SARS officers were trailing Needam over the publication that exposed Fakorede’s invasion of INEC Collation Centre in Bori and the hijack of materials and the Electoral Officer (EO) as well as shooting of innocent Ogonis.
The publication had also alleged that Fakorede, in the process, arrested PDP Assembly Candidate for Khana Constituency 2, Prince Ngbor.
The party disclosed that shortly after exposing these ignoble activities of the FSARS Commander, Needam has been receiving death threats from anonymous callers and text messages, threatening his life.
The party said it was still trying to come to terms as to why any sane individual would contemplate of harming 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, 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.
“As a journalist and someone who is also a labourer in the vineyard of God, he is not expected to compromise what is right, just and fair”, PDP said, reaffirming that Fakorede’s activities at the Bori Collation Centre on Sunday, March 10, 2019, were condemnable and a threat to democracy in the country.