All is not well with Rivers State. It is worse for people who use the Emohua axis of the East West Road. That area is now known as natural habitat of killers and kidnappers. There is hardly any week that people are not killed, kidnapped, maimed or raped. Their main target seems to be commercial drivers all along.
But now, they are stepping up their game. And it appears they have started going after politicians. A few days ago, they stormed the East-West Road, captured Ekele Fynface Chikobi Cohen, popularly called EFCC, dragged him into a nearby bush, took him out of his SUV and slaughtered him like a Christmas goat.
They were not done. They also went after his family members and kidnapped them. Wherever they are being kept at the moment, they may not even be aware that their breadwinner is no more.
Before this latest incident, an Agofure bus was plying that road had been attacked. The driver was killed and passengers abducted. Before then, scores of commercial buses and their passengers had been kidnapped. Some have been freed, many others have since been killed.
The killing of EFCC, who before his killing was the leader of the Ahoada West Legislative Assembly, has attracted so much reactions, much more than the killing of others on the same road. The state governor, Nyesom Wike, has even given the police a marching order, urging them to find EFCC's killers.
"The people who killed EFCC will face the consequences. All hands are on deck to bring the killers to justice. They will meet their Waterloo ". He said he would not rest until the killers have been found.
But the APC gubernatorial campaign organisation in the state is not happy with Wike over the continued killings and insecurity in the state. Spokesman of the Tonye Cole campaign team and former member of the House of Representatives, Ogbona Nwuke told TNN in a telephone interview that as much as the killings were painful, there was the need for Wike to step up his game and protect the citizens in his capacity as chief security officer of the state.
He said: “This is what we have consistently said, that violence is an ill wind that does no good. For those who are pawns in the hands of those who like kidnapping, our feeling is that the government of the day must wake up and act at this time.
“He (the governor) is the chief security officer of Rivers State and he should be concerned that young Rivers people are dying in their prime. He should go after those who are going after people's lives. As a party, we renew our call that the Rivers State government must wake up and do what is right.
He said under the regime of Rotimi Amaechi as governor, the war against crime and terrorism was fought and won because the governor at that time was willing to go after the criminals.
“We have had a situation in Rivers state when a governor came on board at the height of cultism and terrorism and it was under his watch that security agencies were trained in different countries to equip them with the task of fighting security and terrorism.
“He swore to on oath to protect lives and property. That is the most important function he needs to perform. Those who are dying are Rivers people. I don't know how he wants to go about it. Amaechi didn't negotiate violent. He fought it. This is the position of the APC. He knows the people who are causing the problems. He receives security reports.