By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HAR-COURT— Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has expressed worries over a statement credited to All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, alleging that those behind the killing on Monday of about 12 persons in Mgbuoshimini community, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state were cultists recruited by the PDP to rig the last elections in the state.
Meanwhile, the state police command, yesterday, declared eight persons wanted in connection with the killings.
Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, who briefed newsmen at the Police Headquarters in Port Harcourt, noted that preliminary investigation by the police showed that the act was carried out by a 10-man gang.
Omoni noted that the Icelanders cult group was responsible for the killings, adding that the 10 members of the cult in the area had been fingered in all the killings recorded in Mgbuosimini.
He gave the names of the eight persons as Daddy Chukwu, 27, Mike Okocha, 25, Alhaji Otums Monday, 23, Nyesom Nwodinka, 19, Orji Amadi, 25, Veejee Orji, 19, David Chibula Orji, 22, and Junior Amadi, 19.
Omoni hinted that the gang was also responsible for the killing of one Late Chief Minikwu Chukwu and Cletus Barigbinee and order killings in the area.
Senator Magnus Abe, who represents Rivers South- East senatorial district commiserated with families of the bereaved and the entire Mgbuoshimini community.
However, spokesman of the PDP, in the state, Mr Samuel Nwanosike, in Port Harcourt, yesterday, said that security agencies should quiz leaders of the APC in the state over the allegation, noting that it was clear the party was telling the world it had good knowledge and information on the sad incident of Monday.
“Nigerians can see now that the APC knows much about the sad incident. The statement credited to Mr Chris Finebone simply shows that the APC has so much to tell the world. The Police should invite Mr Finebone for questioning, he has to say what he and his party know.
“We heard of killings by Badoo in Lagos, but nobody blamed the governor of Lagos State for it,” he said.