IPAC boss says killings meant to cripple Rivers


By Gladys Nweke

Sir Precious Baridoo, the state chairman of the Rivers State chapter of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) and the former governorship candidate of the Accord Party in Rivers State has condemned the incessant killing of Rivers State citizens by unknown gunmen in the State.

The Rivers State IPAC chairman in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt, has thus called on all residents of Rivers State to be guided for the rate of killing going on in the state. He said that IPAC feels the rate is sponsored to render the state ungovernable so that the just-concluded election will be cancelled or that Rivers State will be declared as state of emergency.

People of Rivers State, religious leaders, traditional rulers and chiefs should come together to appeal to God to change the mindset of the youths from killing each other. He said continuous beheading of people and cult rivalry was not healthy for the Rivers State.

He said the IPAC got involved in campaign for peace to reigns so that there would be jobs. “This is because if there is no peace, all investors will run away from Rivers State. And when they run away there will be no job.”

The rate of killings going on now is barbaric, he said. “It is not expected from a state like Rivers. I will not say that the state is sitting on gun powder but Rivers State should be allowed to rest. Political gladiators are suspected to be behind the killing now to render Rivers State ungovernable and maybe, to call for state of emergency.”

Continuing, the state IPAC boss also advised opposition leaders to allow Gov Nyesom Wike to complete his tenure and work with him to improve sustainable development in the state.

The IPAC chairman also called on chiefs and elders to speak out against ills in the state and work with the youth. “We know that it is only one Rivers State that we have, if we loose it today, we have lost forever. When two brothers are fighting, visitors and strangers always collect their lands. That is exactly what is happening in Rivers State. See those that are not true Rivers citizens are making it while we are here quarrelling and killing ourselves. We want peace to reign in Rivers State. We want Rivers State to have a new turn of life from what it use to be before.