Gunmen suspected to be cultists on Wednesday night (May 3rd,2023) shot one Mr Ebenezer Matthew, the President of Abarikpo community in Akoh kingdom, Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State dead.
The killing of the youth leader happens less than three months after gunmen also suspected to be cultist gang raped one Mrs. Chigbewejim Lawyer, to death in the area.
The victim was the wife of a Pastor, Mr. Lawyer Steward, in the community.
The latest incident was confirmed to PM NEWS by Comrade Ekeakita Hector Chinem, Public Relations Officer of Akoh Youth Congress, Ahoada East, LGA.
“Yes is true that Comrade Mathew Ebenezer was shot dead yesterday night in his home town, in his father’s compound.The only thing I know about Matthew is that, Matthew is not somebody that condole illegality.
“He is somebody that has been standing firm fighting against cultists, against insecurity in the community and I believe that is one of the two things that might have led to his death. But I know he has been a good person in the Akoh kingdom .
“Yes the matter has been reported to the Police. As I am speaking to you now, they are preparing for his burial.
“The insecurity in Ekpeye communities has turned to a usual church praises.When you talk of killings in Ekpeye both Ahoada East and Ahoada West.
“It has become a usual praise. Everyday people can’t sleep with their two eyes closed. Everyday we record killings.As of last month, April we had about thirty -six recorded. In Ekpeye ethnic Nationality, we have six clans known as kingdoms.
“In the number of deaths recorded, Ubie has the highest, about 16. We have Ahoada six, we have Akoh three deaths and motorcycles stolen. We have daily robbery at Odiemenyi road.
“I am calling on the security agencies and the Political leaders to beef up security in Ekpeye land, not to just stay and allow poor masses to die. I am calling on the DPO, the Area Commander, the JTF Commander and the two Local Government Chairmen of Ahoada East and Ahoada West and the Paramount rulers to come to the aide of poor masses in Ekpeye land before the things degenerate into the 2016 level.”
When contacted, the spokesperson for the Rivers State Police command SP Grace Iringe Koko confirmed the incident.
However, she said the person who led the gang that killed the Youth leader has been identified, but the the kingpin and other culprits involved in the murder are yet to be arrested.
SP Koko added that efforts are on to arrest the culprits as Investigation continues.
The late Ebenezer Matthew President of Abarikpo, Akor kingdom of Ahoada East local government area of Rivers State, shot dead by suspected Cultists.