By Kalada Jumbo
The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has described as heartless, callous, awful to the ear and unimaginably conscienceless the testimony of the Commander of the Federal Anti-Special Robbery Squad, F-SARS, ACP Akin Fakorede concerning the dastardly killing of Dr. Ferry Gberegbe, a lecturer with Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori and former Chairman of the polytechnic branch of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) during the March 9, Governorship election in Rivers State.
The PDP while reacting to Mr. Fakorede’s testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Army, Human Rights, Justice and Police Affairs in Port Harcourt, Rivers State said for Mr. Fakorede to deny involvement and responsibility for that barbaric act which he personally masterminded on the day of the election has cast a big question mark not only on his mental health but also on his very essence as a human being.
Reminding Mr. Fakorede that woe is he who shed this costly innocent blood, the PDP said more satanic and unforgiving is the unrepentant stance of Mr. Fakorede and allusion that the late academic and father of four was a victim of his own plot.
Still suspicious of Mr. Fakorede’s sanitary condition, the PDP noted with dismay the incongruity and inconsistency in Mr. Fakorede’s testimony when he alleged that the bullets that silenced Dr. Gberegbe, were pumped through the nuzzles of the guns of his friends and not from those of his foes or security operatives as widely reported.
The PDP wondered what Mr. Fakorede who was recently promoted to an Assistant Commissioner of Police under suspicious circumstance, in total disregard to available reports of unwholesome activities surrounding his person and office as F-SARS Commander in Rivers State went to Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area, and election results collation centre to do on the 10th of March, 2019 and how he got all the information he put up as a defence, and dismissed all his testimonies as an evasion of the point at issue by petty argument to put obstructions on the path of investigation.
Insisting that Mr. Fakorede has a question to answer if such occurrences and inglorious disservice by the police personnel as witnessed during the Governorship election in Rivers State are to be checkmated, the PDP regretted that valuable assets like the person of Dr. Gberegbe should be lost through the instrumentality of worthless elements whose only contribution to the society is to maim and kill for their political paymasters, using our national insignia as a cover.
Asking the House of Representatives Committee to dismiss Mr. Fakorede’s testimonies on grounds of lacking in merit, inconsistency and self contradictory, the PDP said the blood-tasty and trigger-happy F-SARS Commander was only trying to make two sorrows out of one to justify his brute rascality.
The PDP wondered how many unarmed and innocent persons they may have killed, and later lied against while dancing naked on their graves, like in the case of Dr. Ferry Gberegbe.
“Even at death, we still hold Dr. Gberegbe in very high esteem not only on account of his academic attainment but also in recognition of his standing up against injustice and laying down his life for the nation’s democracy to survive. We duff our hat for Dr. Gberegbe and pray that his spirit will not rest until all those who had a hand in his untimely death are brought to book no matter how highly placed. Dr. Gberegbe was never a cultist and could not have been one, was a friend of many and was only on lawful election duty on that fateful day when his life was cut short by hell-bent anti-democratic elements led by Akin Fakorede”, the PDP declared, praying that those behind his gruesome murder and their families never find peace.