THE political crisis rocking Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has claimed its first casualty as one of the aides of the ousted chairman of the party, Chief Godspower Ake, was assassinated in his home.
The deceased, Eric Ezenekwe, was until his death, an aide to Ake and was said to have been tortured and shot to death Tuesday night.
Ezenekwe’s brother in-law, Felix Akpa, told newsmen in a telephone conversation that Ezenekwe had arrived home late on Tuesday, only to run into an ambush.
Akpa told newsmen that it was a man, who had an appointment with the victim for a trip to Port Harcourt the following day (Wednesday) that found Ezenekwe in his pool of blood and raised the alarm.
It was also gathered that the victim was incidentally alone that night, because of the hospitalization of his wife, while his three children and a pastor living in his home were all out.
The police in the area were said to have been called in and after preliminary inquiries, took the corpse away to the nearby mortuary, leaving the survivors in wailing and mourning.
The incident took place in Ezenekwe’s home in Erema in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local council area (Onelga) of Rivers State.
When reached for confirmation, the spokesperson of the state police command, Angela Agabe (DSP), confirmed development, saying the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Omoku had confirmed the killing to her.
It would be recalled that the Rivers police command just this week commenced gradual withdrawal of security details from political office holders in the state.
Meanwhile, Rivers State government has raised the alarm over alleged plots by some politicians in the state to establish a false sense of insecurity in a bid to perfect a reason for the declaration of an emergency rule in the state.
Chief of Staff of the Rivers State Government House, Tony Okocha, who revealed this to newsmen in Port Harcourt, on Wednesday, said part of the plan to execute the plot would include self-inflicted arsons, abductions and looting.
The alarm raised by the state government coincided with a call by a former member of the House of Representatives, Igo Aguma, to the Federal Government to refrain from using its might to repress the state government in the ongoing crisis in the state.