Transport Minister, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi has accused Gov. Neysom Wike of Rivers State of masterminding the recent killings of innocent residents of Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.
“The authorities of 6 Division Nigerian Army Port Harcourt wish to inform the peace loving people of Omoku in ONELGA in particular, Rivers State and indeed the entire good people of Niger Delta in general that the notorious cult leader, kidnap kingpin and mass murderer Don Waney is dead,” the General Officer Commanding of the Division, Major General Enonbong Udoh had told newsmen while displaying Don Waney’s body alongside two of his gang leaders at the Division’s Headquarters in Port Harcourt.
Recall that no fewer than fourteen persons were killed by the criminal gang in the early hours of January 1, 2018 as most of the victims were returning from the ritual crossover service in churches.
But in a new twist, immediate past governor of the state, Mr. Amaechi has linked his successor to the massacre in a broadcast.
In apparent reference to Wike, Amaechi said, “I was shocked, utterly disgusted to hear the man, who, I must repeat, took an oath to protect you, attempt to justify and casually explain away the cold-blooded murder of innocent Rivers people in Omoku on New Year’s day.
“The governor’s attempt to justify and compare the Omoku murders or any other killings in Rivers State to whatever is happening in any other part of the country is a deceitful and poisonous narrative that we must never allow to flourish.
“The governor’s repugnant attempt at finger pointing, blaming oil companies, opposition politicians and everyone else apart from himself, is a clear indication that he has abdicated his primary constitutional responsibility to safeguard lives and property.
“You know, and many outside Rivers State know that the nature and type of insecurity, violence and carnages in the state are unique and peculiar to the state. The madness in Rivers State since the advent of these new men of power is rooted firmly in the witchcraft politics of those who now preside over the affairs of the state.
“Let no one deceive you with a twisted narrative on the origins, causes and solutions to the bloodbath in Rivers State. Most of you can attest to how I battled and tackled insecurity when I served as your governor. I led the fight against the cultists, gangs, thugs and criminals masquerading as militants; they were driven out from hiding, many fled the state.
“I was able to do that because I was never in bed with the criminals; I never appointed any into political office or crowned any king. The administration I led was able to return the state to serenity from the horrible state of insecurity and violence we met when we took over.
“Rivers people enjoyed peace until the months leading up to the 2015 general elections when these ‘new’ men of power in the state introduced unprecedented violence and killings in the state. “We cannot continue to live like this. The Omoku massacre is the breaking point where we must all collectively rise up and raise our voices to say we’ve had enough.”