According to a shocking report on Vanguard, a native doctor, senior lecturer, female student and four villagers in the last few weeks, have been gruesomely murdered by gunmen at Ula Upata, Edioha, Ogoni and Yeghe communities in Rivers State. The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, who is worried by the spate of the incessant attacks, has ordered deployment of a special homicide team to Port-Harcourt, capital of Rivers state, to assist the Rivers State Police Command crack down on the killer-gang.
Niger Delta Voice reported that about 30 armed men, penultimate Saturday, stormed Ula Upata and neighbouring Edioha communities in Ahoada East local government area of the state and wreaked havoc on Saturday. It was gathered that the gangsters practically descended on the Zion Nwoka family and snuffed life out of 62-year-old Mrs. Monica Zion, Gospel Nwoka, 45, Mrs. Patricia Ziko, 42 and Rogers Nwoka, 28.
Even as police confirmed the worrisome deaths, nobody could say the reason for the bloodletting, as the killers extended their offensive to Edioha community, where they allegedly clubbed a native doctor to death. It was also learnt that a similar incident occurred in Ula Upata about two months ago when suspected cultists invaded the area, killing about eight persons. Tailed from Bori to Yeghe Besides the Ula Upata and Edioha invasion, the gunmen trailed a senior lecturer of Ken Saro Wiwa Polytechnic Polytechnic, Dr. Vincent Eebee on his way to Port-Harcourt and shot him dead.
According to reports, they trailed him from the Polytechnic in Bori and started shooting at his vehicle after he drove past Birabi Memorial Grammer School, BMGS, on the Bori-Yeghe road. A female passenger in his vehicle identified as a student of the Polytechnic also died in the sad incident.
Eyewitnesses said the late Dr Eebee managed to drive to Yeghe community and bolted from his car, but the assailants allegedly caught up with him and ensured he was dead before they sped off in a black SUV.
Meanwhile, the police have deployed special homicide detectives to fish out the rampaging killer- gangs in Rivers. Arase told reporters in Port Harcourt: "Criminal gangs cannot overwhelm a state or a country, it is never done. I can assure the people of the country that we will clamp down on these gangs; we will amputate them from our society.
"They are being investigated at the state by the state Police command, but I have also dispatched a team of homicide investigators from Abuja. When things like this happen, there are always different accounts to it. I have said the police will always be apolitical and professional at all times with our operations and investigations," he asserted.