The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has condemned the assassination of Barrister Ken Atsuwete in Port Harcourt, Rivers.
Reacting to the sad killing of the prominent activist, political commentator and lawyer, Peterside described the killing of the lawyer as the most gruesome of several politically-motivated killings in Rivers.
“I condemn in the strongest terms the barbaric, nasty and heinous assassination of Barrister Ken Atsuwete in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“This is perhaps the deadliest of several politically motivated killings perpetrated in Rivers State in recent times.
“Ken Atsuwete was a prominent activist, political commentator, fiery critic of bad governance, and most recently lawyer to Hon Ojukaye Flag Amachree, the APC leader held for trumped up charges.
“Without any doubt, the killers of Ken Atsuwete have the objective of instilling fear in the rank of the opposition, stifle them and silence every voice of reason in Rivers State.
“The killing of Ken Atsuwete is perhaps the height of impunity which is now an everyday way of life in my home State of Rivers”, he stated.
Dr. Peterside called on the Inspector General of Police, Director General of State Security Service and other national security agencies to begin an extensive investigation into the crime with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book.
He added that the current government in Rivers State, in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has to protect lives and property irrespective of their political persuasion.
He called for an immediate halt to this wanton destruction of lives and property in the state.
Dr. Peterside also condoled with the family and associates of late Ken Atsuwete.