Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has dismissed the allegations that recent killings in the oil-rich state have been politically motivated and targeted at members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, alone.
Wike pointed out that the killings in the state are clashes of rival cult gangs fighting for supremacy, noting that, it has nothing to do with politics ahead of the March 19 rerun election.
Wike made this declaration while swearing in the Justice Iyayi Lamikanra as the substantive Chief Judge of the state.
“When politicians perceive a threat and they want to act, they will not say let’s eliminate him. If that happens, you will not ask if it was a politically motivated killing, you will know it is a political killing.
“Not when cultists die from a feud, then some people will start shouting that they are killing their party members.
“Have you asked yourself why no known politician has been killed or even a known person? Why? Does it not tell you something? When you shed other people’s blood, one day you will also die that way.
“Go to Omoku, all I hear is Icelanders, Greenlanders, all of them are ‘Landers’,” Wike said.
Icelanders and Greenlanders are rival cult groups in Rivers state whose feud has lingered for many years.
Meanwhile Rivers Police Command said it has arrested one Anthony Ugoh, in connection with the murder of Franklin Obi, his wife, and son.
Obi was a ward chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Omuku.
Rivers Commissioner of Police Musa Kimo also announced the arrest of one Ndubisi Tochi on the allegations of the killing of Ofinjite Amachree in Buguma in Asari-Toru local Government of Rivers State.
The police commissioner said the suspects are now undergoing interrogations and are giving detectives useful information that will ultimately lead to the arrest of their accomplices.