A court has ordered the detention of a former local government boss, a royal leader, and 73 others on charges of murder.

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Busy Bee November 17, 2023
Updated 2023/11/17 at 9:50 PM

The Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt has detained 75 individuals over alleged conspiracy in the murder case involving the District Police Officer of Ahoada Police Division, SP Bako Angbashim. The suspects, facing charges related to conspiracy to commit murder and sponsorship of cultism (as per charge sheet number PHC/3208/CR/2023), were apprehended following the killing and decapitation of Angbashim by cults operating in Ahoada East Local Government Area, notably led by David Gift Okpala Okpolowu, popularly known as 2baba.

Among those remanded are former Chairman of Ahoada East LGA, Cassidy Ikegbidi, Eze Ekpeye Logbo, His Royal Majesty Eze Ngozi Angwo, and over 73 others. The defendants, brought before the court by the Commissioner of Police, did not enter their plea due to the opposition of the bail application by one of the defendant’s lawyers, Dejo Lamikara, as argued by the prosecuting counsel, Eniyepere Sikpi, a Superintendent of Police.

Despite the contentions, Justice Sika Apirioku, the trial Judge, ordered the remand of the defendants in Port Harcourt Correctional Centre and adjourned the case until November 21 for plea and bail consideration.

Meanwhile, Ekpeye Youths Worldwide and the National Union of Ekpeye Students have jointly denounced what they perceive as the politicization of the killings in their area. They criticized an alleged sponsored group named Concerned Ekpeye for Peace and Development for exploiting some local youths to make inflammatory statements against Hon. Edison Ehie, the leader of the State House of Assembly representing Ahoada East Constituency II.

He expressed, “I believe everyone has the right to discuss insecurity, but the problem arises when individuals make unverified false accusations and claims. For instance, after the unfortunate killing of the DPO in Ahoada East, the Governor offered a N100 million bounty for the perpetrators. However, there has been no update from the police on whether they have been apprehended or not.”

“Ahoada East is under the governance of a sitting chairman who is responsible for security matters and receives security votes. We suspect the motives of the group are tied to the ongoing political crisis in the state, aiming to discredit Edison Ehie. During times of insecurity, it is common for people to politicize the issue, but instead of blaming individuals, we should hold accountable the institutions responsible for our daily lives.”

The President General of the National Union of Ekpeye Students, King Ngozi, strongly criticized the Conference of Concerned Ekpeye for Peace and Development for politically attributing the lack of action on killings in the area to Edison Ehie. King Ngozi emphasized that Ehie, from constituency I, has taken proactive steps to address the crisis, and his track record makes him one of the best politicians in Ekpeye land, earning appreciation from the community for his commendable leadership.

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