The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State has accused the Peoples Democratic Party-led government in the state of masterminding the assassination of one of its legal representatives, Mr. Ken Atsuwete.
The legal practitioner, who was one of the lead counsel to the detained former chairman of Asari-Toru local government area, Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, was assassinated on Sunday night by unknown gunmen at his Aluu residence, near University of Port Harcourt.
Reacting to the killing, the Rivers APC Deputy Chairman, Prince Peter Odike, insisted that the Rivers State Government and its agents must be held responsible for the murder of Mr. Atsuwete.
Addressing reporters at the APC secretariat in Port Harcourt yesterday, the party chieftain alleged that the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration made good its threat to deal with members of the party by killing the lawyer.
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According to Odike, “Late Ken Atswete was one of the leading counsels to APC chieftain, Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree who is presently incarcerated on trumped-up charges surreptitiously inspired and driven by the Rivers State Government led by Governor Nyesom Wike.
“Officials of the state government have variously vowed to teach the APC and its leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi a lesson by jailing one of its most active leaders, Hon. Flag-Amachree.
“However, Ken Atswete, as counsel to Flag-Amachree, had thrown in everything into the defence of his client to the chagrin of officials of the state government who are the traducers of Ojukaye Flag-Amachree”.
“Again, late Ken Atswete had not relented in standing with citizens and public servants against the wrongful use of state power. The many cases he has instituted in this regard attest to that fact”, the APC deputy chair said.