Senator Abe Calls On IGP To Investigate Murder Of Ken Atsuwete
Senator Magnus Abe, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Rivers South East Senatorial District in the legislative re-run election, has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing of Barrister Ken Atsuwete, a human right activist.
In a statement issued in Port Harcourt and signed by Mr. Parry Saroh Benson, Spokesperson to Senator Abe, stated that the deceased until his death was the counsel to Hon. Ojukaye Flag Amachree, former Chairman, Asari Toru Local Government area of the state and a top APC chieftain.
Abe said that a full and unbiased investigation would unravel those behind the dastardly act.
He stated that had the deceased had premonition of his death, he would have had adequate security such that PDP could issue a statement against the presence of security around him as they did to he (Abe), pointing out that had the deceased done that he could have been alive today.
"Life in Rivers State has returned to a state of nature. It is now brutish, and short. Those who today glory in evil, are merely, as they say holding the Tiger by its tail, they will definitely end up in the belly of the Tiger".
"Let me remind all Rivers people that kidnapping in Rivers State started as a problem for expatriates but it is now a problem for all Rivers people and those who live and do business in the state".
"What may look like a problem for the APC today will soon end up at the door step of every Rivers man if we do not come together, stand together and say to all evil doers and their sponsors, Enough is Enough, the evil will continue".
“I wish Ken had too much security, so PDP could issue a statement against his security, if he did, perhaps he would still be with us today. Almighty God, I accuse no one, but all that is hidden you will bring to light in the fullness of time. Divine retribution will be swift, just and commensurate to the suffering of our widows and the wailing of our fatherless children. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Amen”.
Abe assured that any attempt to silence the voice of opposition including human rights activists in the state against injustices through assassination would be an effort in futility, describing the act as cowardly.
He described the deceased as an advocate for every underdog who was allergic to injustice, pointing out that it was the reason why he took up the case of Amachree.
Abe said the late Ken was such a person who would defend anyone short-changed by powerful forces, not just in court but on the streets, airwaves and anywhere.
He prayed God to grant the family and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
PARRY SAROH BENSON
Spokesperson to Senator Magnus Abe
August 31, 2016