The Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe has called on all right-thinking sons and daughters of Rivers State to support the security agencies and insist that all perpetrators of the current violence rocking the state must be brought to justice.
Abe, in a statement issued on Sunday and signed by his Spokesperson, Parry Saroh Benson, condemned the recent spate of violence which is taking on an alarming dimension, as the 2019 elections draw near.
The Senator while reacting to the kidnap and killing of an APC chieftain in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State, Samuel Nwanjoku, described his demise as shocking, and a great tragedy.
He said, "the news of the brutal murder of a frontline politician in Ikwerre Local Government Area, Mr. Samuel Nwanjoku has come to me as a shock, it is indeed a great tragedy. The senseless murder of this fine and patriotic Rivers man is a clear pointer to the fact that our state is heading for another orgy of violence and mayhem if we do not act immediately and act now to bring it to an end”.
“It is unfortunate that violence has continued to escalate in Rivers State, I call on all right-thinking Rivers sons and daughters to join hands, let us together raise our voices as one and say, it is enough. We must support the security agencies and insist that the perpetrators of this dastardly act must be named, shamed and dealt with according to law”.
"Our condolence goes to the family and indeed all members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State as this is a great loss," the Senator said.
Abe who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on FERMA, also condemned in its entirety the recent attack on Architect Tonye Cole and his team in Bakana, Degema Local Government Area in the State, describing it as barbaric, cowardly and childish, capable of plunging the state into an undeserved chaos.
He said, "People must be allowed to freely canvass their preferences, market themselves and their ideas without intimidation, violence or hindrance.
“I want to call on all political leaders in the State not to just condemn this kind of behavior but create a forum where all of us can work together to see that actions of this nature are dealt with according to law. It must never be allowed to repeat itself, whoever the perpetrators are, wherever they are, they must be brought to justice. The price of inaction will be too high for us to bear.”