Port Harcourt – The police in Rivers State have confirmed the killing of a member of a local vigilante group, Ote Wosu and a youth, Gift Augustine by gunmen in separate attacks in Elibrada community , Emuoha local Government Area of Rivers State.
Spokesperson of the state police command, Grace Iringe-koko who disclosed this in Port Harcourt also said four suspects in connection with the killings.
One of the suspect and a member of a the vigilante known as the Emuoha Local Government Vigilante Service (EMOLVICE), Godknows Wakama linked with the killing of the youth was arrested, while the three other suspects were nabbed for their alleged involvement in the killing of Wosu.
It was leant that Wakama, a member of EMOLVICE had reportedly fired a shot when members of the outfit went to the community in search of a cult gang that killed one of their members, as the bullet hit Augustine.
Grace Iringe-Koko said that the suspect (Wakama) has been transferred to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCID) for proper investigation leading to the killing.
Iringe-Koko said, “Currently the suspect has been arrested and transferred to the state CID for discreet investigation.
“The command sympathizes with the family of the bereaved and we advise that they remind law abiding and not to go against the law.
“They should work with the police division closer to them,” she stated.
On the death of Wosu, the state police image maker said, “Three persons have been arrested. Their arrest was due to discreet investigation and the proactive posture of the command.”
Meanwhile, Deputy Commander of EMOLVICE, zone 2, Emeke Woris who confirmed Wosu’s death said he was shot dead by suspected cultist while sitting with an old woman in the community
Woris said it was not true that the outfit shot an innocent youth from the community, saying the activities of the miscreants in the area was unbecoming.
He said, “What happened yesterday, we don’t know who is innocent and who is not innocent in Elibrada because what is happening.
“We are trying to see that every person, apart from the chiefs which we don’t even know that we will say is not a cultist in Elibrada
“The chiefs and elders in Elibrada are supposed to stop what is happening from Elibrada. What happened because I was not there, they said they were going to look for the cultist.
“The people that killed our soldier (member), in the process, they saw the boy jumping the fence. As he was jumping the fence, the other guy was coming from the other angle, and what he did was, he started dragging gun with him.
“They said the gun exploded immediately. That was the story I heard yesterday because I wasn’t with them there.”
Wori however expressed annoyance that nobody was talking of its dead member, whom he said was committed to secure the community.
“A man who has dedicated his life to make peace in Elibrada community, to fight cultism and terrorism. They saw him sitting with an elderly woman, they shot him at Elibrada on Saturday by 4pm.
“Up till now I am talking with you, no member of Elibrada has gone on air to say what these boys are doing is wrong. And people are posting rubbish on facebook
“He (Wosu) is a native of Elibrada and the Chief Security Officer of Elibrada who has been helping the police to make sure there is peace in Elibrada, and they killed him,” Wori stated.