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Dr Peterside Condemns the Barbaric,Gruesome Assassination of Ken Atsuwete

Dr. Dakuku Peterside the current DG of NIMASA has condemned in strongest term the barbaric, nasty and heinous assassination of Barrister Ken Atsuwete in Port Harcourt, Rivers State today.
The DG of NIMASA who condemned the killing in a statement today said, “this is perhaps the deadliest of several politically-motivated killings perpetrated in Rivers state in recent times.”
The Statement reads: “Ken Atsuwete was a prominent human rights activist, political commentator, fiery critic of bad governance, citizen activist and most recently lawyer to Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, the APC leader held for trumped-up charges.
“Without any doubt, the killers of Ken Atsuwete were driven by the insidious objective of instilling fear in the rank of the opposition, silence every voice of reason and stifle opposition in Rivers State. The killing of Ken Atsuwete is perhaps the height of impunity which is
now an everyday way of life in my home state of Rivers.
“I call on the Inspector-General of Police, Director-General of State Security Service and other national security authorities to carry out extensive investigation of this awful incident, bring the perpetrators to book and restore sanity to our dear State.
“The current government in Rivers State owes us a responsibility to protect lives and property no matter the political persuasion of who is involved.
“Indeed, I mourn with the immediate family of Ken Atsuwete, his associates and APC political family on this needless loss of the Voice of Reason.”
In the same vein, a human rights group Youths for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative (YARPTI) has strongly condemn the murder of Kenneth Atsuwete, a popular Port Harcourt based Human Rights Activist. Mr. Atsuwete, an Itsekiri from Delta State and lawyer to the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, was assassinated on Monday morning at his house in Aluu, near the University of Port Harcourt.
The group in a statement sent to media houses described the Human rights lawyer’s murder as shocking. “We are calling for a thorough investigation into Atsuwete’s murder that will ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice. We urge the Nigerian authorities to investigate this murder and to protect human rights activists. A free civil society is a vital element of a stable and prosperous Nigeria.’’ Kenneth Uwadi the President of YARPTI said.
This murder is a cowardice act. It is essential that the authorities guarantee the safety of activists and journalists and that a thorough investigation into this crime ensures those who did this do not go unpunished. The group also called on Nigerians to condemn the too many cases of killings currently going on in the nation In the strongest terms.
The front-line human rights activist was shot dead in the early hour of Monday, 29 August, in Aluu, Rivers state.

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