Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has announced that the state government would set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to ensure that the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) personnel who allegedly killed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Khana Collation agent, Dr Ferry Gberegbe, is brought to justice.
Wike also announced a N200 million scholarship for the four children of the late Gberegbe, directing the widow of the deceased to open bank accounts for each of them.
“We will set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to ensure that the culprits are brought to justice.
“The state government will offer scholarship to the four young children left behind by the deceased. The mother of the children should open a dedicated account for each of the children. The state government will pay N50 million to each of the four children for their education,” Wike said.
He spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt when he led others leaders of the state on a condolence visit to the family of the slain lecturer. The governor decried the alleged shooting of the late lecturer by F-SARs operatives at the Khana Collation Centre, where he served as the PDP Collation agent. He claimed that the fatal shots led to his death.
He said: “It is most unfortunate that the young man was shot dead in an attempt to cart away election results. Instead of us to allow people to choose who will represent and govern them, the security agencies will not allow that. Rather they prefer to kill us. He died in the course of defending the PDP. He died in the course of defending democracy. I want to assure the family that all those who killed him will not go free.”
Wike said the late Gberegbe remained committed to the PDP even on his sick bed. He said the deceased sent him a text message, saying that he would be very happy when he (Wike) would be declared winner of the election. He stated that the state government would also construct a house for the family of the late Gberegbe and participate in his burial.
Also speaking, PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said the late lecturer was a victim of the calculated oppression of the oil rich state by the Army and F-SARS operatives.
The Sun also reported Secondus as saying that the country was in distress, noting that the nation was sitting on the keg of gun powder.