Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Suspected gunmen have invaded two communities; Otobie and Ererekiri in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers state killing four persons including father of Amasenibo Lawrence Pepple, the Executive Director, Rivers state Sustainable Development Agency, (RSSDA).
It was gathered that many others sustains various degree of injuries
The victims include, Kobiri Godspower (M) 25yrs , Elder Macauley Oweibo Manilla Pepple (M) 76yrs, Emelia God’spower (F) 15yrs, and Adolphus Hitler Pepple (M) 73yrs.
A community youth leader in the area, Mr. Felix Hart said the victims were brutally murdered in cold blood when the suspects invaded the community.
He said the heinous attack started within 11:PM on Thursday and lingered through 5: AM in the early hours of Friday.
Expressing grief over the loss of innocent community members, the Bonny Council Chairman, Hon Simon Emmanuel Hart strongly condemned the killing of members of the community, describing it as an act of wickedness.
The chairman who spoke through the council Secretary, Lady Helen Jack-Wilson Pepple called on the security agents to investigate and ensure the attackers are apprehended to face the full wrath of the law.
He also extend his heartfelt condolences to separate bereaved families and the communities affected, assuring them that justice must be done to ensure that the culprits and their sponsors are brought to book.
Meanwhile, Amasenibo Lawrence Pepple , Executive Director, Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency whose septuagenarian father was among those murdered, appealed to the angry youths, grieving members of the community and Bonny people to remain calm.
He advised the youths to maintain law and order, noting that police and other security agencies are making every possible efforts at ensuring that perpetuators’ of the wicked act are made to face the full wrath of the Law.