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Gunmen Kill Youth Leader In Rivers Community

The Police in Rivers state have confirmed the killing of Ebenezer Matthew, Youth Leader of Abarikpo Community, Akoh Kingdom in Ahoada East Local Government Area.

Ekeakita Chinem, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Akoh Youth Congress, revealed that unknown gunmen shot Matthew dead Wednesday night in his father’s compound in the community.

This comes less than three months after a suspected cult leader led his gang to rape Mrs Chigbewejim Lawyer, wife of Pastor Lawyer Steward before killing her in same community.

The Akpor Youth Congress Spokesman said, “Matthew has been firm in the fight against cultism and insecurity in our community. That might have led to his death. He has being a good person in Akoh kingdom.

“The matter has been reported to the Police even as preparations are on for his burial. Insecurity in Ekpeye communities, both Ahoada East and Ahoada West LGAs has become unbearable.

“Nobody sleeps with two eyes closed anymore. Everyday we record killings. In April, we had about 36 recorded of such killings spanning all six clans/kingdoms across Ekpeye ethnic Nationality.

“I call on security agencies and the political leaders in Ekpeye land to not stay aloof and allow the helpless residents continue to live in fear and panic.

“I am calling on the DPO, the Area Commander, the JTF Commander and the Local Government Chairmen of Ahoada East and Ahoada West and traditional rulers to come to intervene before Ekpeye degenerates into 2016 state of lawlessness.”

The Spokesperson for the Rivers State Police Command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the incident, saying the killing was not as a result of cult clash and that the Police has identified the mastermind who led the gang to kill the Youth Leader.

She however added that he and the gunmen were yet to be arrested.

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