SENATOR ABE CHARGES OGONI COMMUNITY TO EXPOSE
HIDEOUTS OF KILLING MACHINES
Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, All Progressives Congress
(APC) candidate for Rivers South East Senatorial District
at the yet to be concluded legislative re-run election in
Rivers State has charged the people of Yeghe community
in Gokana Local Government Area to take their destiny in
their hands by restoring peace through rejecting the
extermination of their people by criminals in the
Speaking at the funeral service in honour of Late Chief
Hon (Dr.) Vincent Elvin Eebee, a lecturer in the Ken Saro
Wiwa Polythenic, Bori, who was recently assassinated,
Abe explained that nobody has the power to kill
everybody in the community.
“Be bold and courageous. Nobody can kill everybody; that
person does not exist. Nobody is bigger than the laws of
the Federal republic of Nigeria. No juju is bigger than
God Almighty. And so, all these will come to a timely
He said the only way the people can reject what is
happening is to expose these criminal activities openly
so that the criminals would have no hiding place.
In so doing, Abe said, Dr. Eebee would not have died in
vain as he died for speaking the truth.
He condemned the attitude of some people in the
community who have refused to speak the truth, pointing
out that they would live to regret their actions.
He said those people are the ones fighting the unity,
peace and progress of the land for selfish reasons.
“They are the ones that are fighting the spirit of the
land. Where is the chief of Yeghe community? Late Eebee
was a chief here. Why is the chief of the community not
here? This is the kind of community that you are
breeding here today. Those who are promoting
education are killed while those who are putting children
in the bush with guns become the lords of the
community. They are the ones who decide who will live
and die. But, it will not work that way.”
The former Secretary to the Rivers State Government
frowned at the incessant killings in Yeghe community
and cited the cases of late Clement Faa, Pius Gbarasia,
Barine Court, Chief Moses, the town crier of the
community and many others who were killed by gunfire.
“Today, Yeghe community is a place where a man who
has a Ph.D will be gunned down on the field of Yeghe
and people who have guns will live. What is happening in
Yeghe is a statistical impossibility. Out of a population of
how many that how many people will be killed by
gunfire. Check it, there is no other community that this
number of people have been killed by guns. What is the
crime of these people that they cannot live their lives in
Abe reiterated that there must be peace in Yeghe
community and indeed in Ogoni land, pointing out that
the people know the perpetrators but live in fear.
“Yeghe was a peaceful place. This was a prosperous
place. This was a place where everybody could come and
feel at home. I grew up in this place. My father lived
here. I know the town very well. The vision that the
fathers of this community had have been bastardized.
Those who are doing this will live to regret it. There must
be change here”.
He said it was because of the encouragement of these
heinous crimes that he alleged that it was a sponsored
genocide against Ogoni people.
Abe urged Governor Nyesome Wike to do the needful
and help this community to enjoy peace.
He stated that he heard on radio where the governor
said he had directed the military to go after criminality
in the state and appealed to him to be sincere.
“Let it not just be words for today. Let it be words
backed by action that will be consistent; where we will
show that the protection of lives and property of the
people of Rivers state is more important than politics. I
want to appeal to the governor that his being in office
should not create a situation where people cannot freely
express their opinions, live their lives and pursue their
own dreams because he being a governor is a dream that
he has pursued. Those children who want to go to
school; those women who want to go to the market; Dr.
Eebee who wanted to build his house and support the
church; they all have their dreams and they should be
allowed to pursue their dreams in peace”.
Earlier, while reading the biography of her late husband,
Mrs. Tambari Vycent Eebee, in an emotionally laden
voice, said her late husband ran to the community for
safety but unknown to him that the community was a
“While in the quest to continuously add value to
humanity, his life was cut short by the enemies of
progress through gun shots on Thursday 21st of April,
2016 in his very home town, Bua Yeghe while returning
from work at the Polythenic, Bori. What a tragedy and
what an irony that where you ran to as a safe haven was
unknown to you a lion’s den”.
Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, Director-General, Nigerian
Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Chief Tony
Okocha, Chief Victor Giadom, Hon. Morris Pronen, Hon.
Dr. Innocent Barikor were among other top party
chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who
attended the burial ceremony.
Meanwhile, Senator Abe has paid condolence visit to the
families of Late Mr. Charles Etukpo, a lecturer, Mr.
Itaagha Barineka, a marketing HND 11 student of Ken
Saro Wiwa Polythenic, Bori and Mr. John Igbara, in Bori.
It would be recalled that the trio were killed by gunmen
suspected to be the same killing machine ravaging the
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