EFCC Chiko, a social media influencer, was killed around Rumuji along East West Road when unknown gunmen opened fire on the convoy of the PDP House of Assembly Candidate Hon Nwanaka Augustine Okpokiri, killing EFCC Chiko and abducting some others in their convoy heading to Port Harcourt. Similar fate befell the driver of a popular motor company heading to Benin a few days earlier around the same area.
The call was made in Port Harcourt in a statement issued by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Barr Emma Okah.
"Time has come for the Government and people of Rivers State to ask more questions as to the security of lives and property in our State and the role and effectiveness of security agencies" Okah said, noting that the death of EFCC Chiko after a campaign rally in his LGA is unacceptable.
Despite threats of violence against PDP members and other innocent people in Rivers people, the State Government has continued to find ways to end this quagmire by supporting security agencies but enemies of progress would not agree.
"Recall that the establishment of the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency was a direct response to these challenges but some prominent Rivers sons instigated the Nigeria Army to shut down the recruitment process for their selfish political ends" Okah said, adding that violent crimes like the death of EFCC Chiko would have been averted if the Agency had commenced operations.
"Rivers State Government considers this death and the others like it, a direct affront to the security agencies and Rivers people demand that they rise to the occasion if they want us to believe their strength and impartiality".
“On our part, we shall continue to do everything within our powers as government to get the perpetrators of this crime to book in no distant time”, the statement added.
“As a Government, we call on the Inspector General of Police not to go the way of his predecessor who politicised Rivers State security and didn't consider the lives and property of Rivers people a priority despite repeated demands. He must show his presence in the arena.
“Hon. Ekele Fyneface Chikobi Cohen (EFCC Chiko) must not die in vain”.
The statement said that, the government commiserates with the wife and family of the deceased and prayed God to comfort them at this time of anguish, assuring that the State would stand with them at this time.