Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Government yesterday said he would set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to ensure that the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) operatives, who killed the collation agent of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Khana Local Government Area, Dr. Ferry Gberegbe, were brought to justice.
The state government, also, said it would set up a N200 million scholarship for the children of late Gberegbe, directing the widow of the deceased to open bank accounts for each of the four children.
The state governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike disclosed the plan when he led the leaders of Rivers PDP on a condolence visit to the family of the slain lecturer.
During the visit, Wike said the state “will set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to ensure that the culprits are brought to Justice. It is unfortunate that F-SARs killed the PDP Collation Agent.
“The state government will offer scholarship to the four young children left behind by the deceased. The mother of the children should open dedicated account for each of the children. The state government will pay N50 million to each of the four children for their education.”
The governor decried the shooting of the late lecturer by men of F-SARs led by Rivers F-SARs Commander, Akin Fakorede at the Khana Collation Centre, where he served as the PDP Collation Agent. He said the fatal shots led to his death.
He said: “It is most unfortunate that the young man was shot dead by F-SARs led by Akin Fakorede 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 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 Wike is declared winner of the election.
The governor stated that the state government would also construct a house for the family of late Gberegbe and participate in his burial.
Also during the condolence, the PDP National Chairman, Mr. Uche Secondus said the late lecturer was a victim of the calculated oppression of the oil rich states by the Army and the F-SARs.
He said that the country “is in distress. The nation is sitting on gun-powder in view of the negative activities of the Federal Government. The Commander of F-SARs will kill several people and he cannot be transferred or disciplined. The Police and Army have become politicians, always responding to politicians.
Widow of the deceased, Mrs Funke Gberegbe said the family was yet to fully celebrate the doctorate degree bagged by Gberegbe before he was brutally murdered by F-SARs operatives at the Collation Centre. She said that her late husband was the pillar of the family whose sudden death will negatively impact their lives.
Father of the deceased, Mr. Conduct Gberegbe said he was shocked by the killing of his son by F-SARs operatives. The retired police officer described the late academic as his hope and future.