* How the killers penetrated his fortress house
* Magnus Abe mourns Mowan Etete
Killing of Mowan Etete, former two-time chairman of Andoni local council, has continued to shock the world, but has his body been confirmed? Sources from his hometown said the killers took away his body and may have also beheaded his elder brother.
Relations in Port Harcourt regret that Etete who became born again still went into politics instead of staying clear. Details of the killing will continue to emerge in the coming days.
Meanwhile the killing of monwan Etete took place at about 9am, sources said.
Eyewitness reports told a medium that the gunmen jumped over the fence of Monwan’s residence to get entry to the premises where APC stakeholders of the ward were having a meeting.
The hoodlums pretended to want to see the former LGA chairman for some political issues and he allegedly later called them in for a brief meeting. This was supposed to be a decoy.
Trouble started at the meeting when he (Monwan) started shouting for help. He was shot dead when he was allegedly trying to escape from them in the house. The elder brother was also shot dead while trying to escape from the compound with other APC members.
It would be recalled that Etete, now a pastor, and others were allegedly accused by faction of the pipeline surveillance team in the area as the sponsorers of another faction of surveillance team alleged to members of a cult group. The group was accused of killing one chief residing in Woji area of Port Harcourt last two years.
Now, Etete, who just resigned as SA to Gov Nyesom Wike, was said to be placed under surveillance by the other faction alleged to be members of a rival cult group in the area until he was finally killed by hoodlums suspected to be members that group.
This theory tries to divert attention from political motive but intelligence sources wonder why they chose election day to kill him. It was gathered they had attempted to kill him the previous Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Magnus Ngei Abe, has mourned the death of the former and others who lost their lives in the needless orgy of violence in Rivers State. He has warned politicians to avoid spilling blood.
Abe, in a statement he personally signed on Saturday, warned against playing politics of bitterness and spilling of blood. He stated that politics must grow beyond primitive level, even as he called for the arrest and prosecution of those behind the heinous murders of innocent Rivers men and women.
“Unbelievable! My friend and longtime associate, Hon. Mowan Etete and other innocent Rivers people are dead today simply because they came out to answer the call of their country and perform their civic obligation.
“I had warned repeatedly that we should not stoke the drums of war and Rivers people should no longer forgive any politician no matter how highly placed that is culpable in the orgy of violence that has characterized our recent past.
“Our politics must begin to move beyond the primitive stage. No politician should continue to claim the power to deliver any unit not to talk of a ward, a local government or a state.
“We must imbibe the true spirit of democracy which means that the vote of the Governor, the vote of the Minister, the vote of the Senator and the vote of the Commissioner and that of the Chairman will have the same value as that of the Bricklayer, the Driver, the Nurse, and the Unemployed Youth.
“No one should have the power to promise or guarantee the vote of one Nigerian to a third party.
“If you are good to your people, you can appeal to them but you must respect their wishes where it differs from your own,” he stated.
The statement further said that the murder of Mowan, and other men and women today must be treated as the heinous crime that it is. It is not just the gunmen but those behind the scenes who planned and orchestrated that violence must also be brought to book.
He maintained that Rivers state must grow beyond the politics of blood, saying, “We can no longer allow our dear state to be a byword for electoral violence and bloodshed in the comity of states”.
“As we speak, we are yet to ascertain the exact number of Rivers men and women that were murdered today in the name of elections. We have to confront the situation as a community and put a stop to it. No perpetrator should go unpunished”, Senator Abe said.