Contrary to the speculations that the Supreme Court ruling which upheld the election victory of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and averted a rerun of the governorship elections would restore peace and order to the violence ridden oil rich Rivers state, it does appear that the volume and rapidity of incidences of violence and violent crimes has continued to rise even though most of these incidences do not make it into the mainstream traditional media.
Thursday the twenty fourth of March may have come as brand new day on the 2016 calendar but the pong which it exuded was not different from that of blood and burnt or decaying flesh which now characterise most of the twenty four hour days at various parts of the state in recent times.
When we reported earlier today of an alleged daylight robbery which was said to have taken place along Ndele Street in the D/Line axis of Port Harcourt, we had hoped that we won’t be coming back with more bad news, but no! The bad news was not over.
According to our reporters, six persons were reportedly murdered on Thursday at different parts of Rivers state just five days after the rerun State and National Assembly Rerun Election which is currently enmeshed in tales of controversy and bloody violence. A yet to be identified man was trailed to OandO fuel station at Rumuomasi and short to death by gunmen. At the Waterlines axis of Aba-Road we gathered that two policemen were allegedly mowed down by the bullets of some unknown gunmen. Also today, there are unconfirmed reports that one military man and a civilian were killed by gunmen at Abarikpo and Ogbo communities respectively all in Ahoada East local government area of Rivers state. Also, another individual is said to have been murdered in Yeghe community of Khana LGA.
In another sad development, a young man who just graduated from the Electrical/Electronics department of the Imo state Polytechnic was stabbed to death with his father, a at Okehi, in Etche LGA.
Though Port Harcourt is not shielded from the orgy of violence which is fast attaining an eerie normal across the entire state, there are much more incidences of crime and hostility in the rural areas where citizens live in despair as criminals and criminal gangs exert unchallenged control and unending supremacy battles between cult groups has made the lives of rural residents unbearable.