By Daniel Abia, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalaye Fubara has slammed a N100 million bounty for any credible information that would lead to the arrest of the suspected murderers of the Ahoada East Local government divisional police officer, SP Bako Angbashim.
S.P Bako and his team ran into an ambush while returning from their operation where they were attacked by the criminals. Unfortunately, he was shot in the ensuing gunfire, captured and eventually murdered by his captors on Friday.
In a statement he personally signed on Saturday, Governor Fubara said “credible intelligence from the security agencies traced the entire incident to one Gift David Okpara Okpolowu (a.k.a. 2-Baba) and his criminal gang, who have established camps in the locality and are responsible for the resurgence of violent crimes, including kidnapping and terrorism in Ahoada East Local Government Area of the State.
“As a responsible Government, we cannot fold our arms and allow criminals and crimes to rear their ugly heads and thrive in any part of our State.
“Accordingly, upon the review of the entire incident and the security situation in the affected areas with the security agencies, we have decided on the following measures to bring the murderers of SP Bako to justice and arrest the deteriorating security situation in the Ahoada East Local Government:
“First, the prime suspects, Mr. Gift David Okpara Okpolowu (a.k.a. 2-Baba) and all members of his criminal gang are hereby declared wanted.
“Secondly, a bounty of one hundred million (N100,000,000.00) naira is hereby placed on his head for anyone who gives useful information that would lead to his arrest and prosecution.
“His Majesty, Eze Cassidy Ikegbidi Eze Igbu Akoh II, is hereby suspended indefinitely for acts of complicity in ceding control of his territory to the notorious David Gift and his gang to freely operate and carry out their criminal activities”.
The Governor reiterated his commitment to guaranteeing the security of all residents and assure everyone that he will do everything in his power to hunt down Gift David and his gang and bring them to justice.
He condoled the family of SP Bako, especially the wife and children and the State’s Police Command for the irreparable loss, adding that SP Bako was a fine, brave and dutiful police officer, who gave up his life to keep us safe and secure.
“He died in active service to his nation and we remember him for his extraordinary bravery and sacrifice. The Government of Rivers State will not allow his family to suffer the pains of his sudden and irreplaceable loss alone as we pray for the peaceful repose of his soul”, the Governor said.