Not in vain as death fetches N200m plus for Dr Gberegbe’s family

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By Codratus Godson with additional reports from Gladys Nweke

Many Rivers people have died in violent electoral circumstances but one particular person has been most lucky not to have died in vain. He has bagged N200m, an amount he may not be sure to earn at once as a teacher at any moment in his career. Death seems to make this possible.

This is as the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has announced that the State Government would set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to ensure that the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) personnel who killed Dr Ferry Gberegbe, PDP Khana Collation agent, are brought to justice.

Youth Corps members have been killed, others have died in the course of the elections since 2015, but Dr Gberegbe seemed to serve the right party at an important moment.

Governor Wike also announced a N200million scholarship for the four children of the Late Dr Gberegbe, directing the widow of the deceased to open bank accounts for each of the four children. “We will  set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to ensure that the culprits are brought to Justice.  It is unfortunate that F-SARs killed the PDP Collation Agent.

“The State Government will offer scholarship to the four young children left behind by the deceased. The mother of the children should open dedicated account for each of the children. The State Government will pay N50million to each of the four children for their education.”

He spoke  on Saturday in Port Harcourt when he led leaders of Rivers State on a condolence visit to the family of the slain lecturer .

The governor decried the shooting of the late lecturer by men of F-SARs led by Rivers F-SARs Commander,  Akin Fakorede,  at the Khana Collation Centre,  where he served as the PDP Collation Agent. He said the fatal shots led to his death.

He said: “It is most unfortunate that the young man was shot dead by F-SARs led by Akin Fakorede in an attempt to cart away election results.

“Instead of us to allow people to choose who will represent and govern them, the security agencies will not allow that. Rather they prefer to kill us.

“He died in the course of the defending the PDP. He died in the course of defending democracy.  I want to assure the family  that all those who killed him will not go free”.

Governor Wike said the Late Dr Ferry Gberegbe remained committed to the PDP  even on his sick-bed. He said the deceased sent him a text message saying that he would very happy  when Governor Wike is declared winner of the election.

Governor Wike stated that the State Government will also construct a house for the family of Late Dr Ferry Gberegbe and participate  in his burial.

Also speaking,  PDP National Chairman,  Prince Uche Secondus said the late lecturer was a victim of the calculated oppression  of the oil rich states by the Army and the F-SARs.

He said that the country is in distress,  noting that the nation is sitting on the leg of gun-powder in view of the negative activities of the Federal Government.

“The Commander of F-SARs,  Akin Fakorede will kill several people and he cannot be transferred or disciplined.  The Police and Army have become politicians,  always responding to politicians “, he said.

Widow of the deceased,  Mrs Funke Gberegbe said that the family  is yet to fully celebrate the doctorate degree bagged by Dr Gberegbe before he was brutally murdered by F-SARs operatives  at  the Collation Centre.  She said that her late husband was the pillar of the family whose sudden death will negatively impact their lives.

Father of the deceased, Mr Conduct Gberegbe said he was shocked  by the killing  of his son by F-SARs operatives.  The retired police officer described the late academic as his hope and future .

Ben Lekia, brother of the deceased, said the slain academic only recently bagged his doctorate and was preparing to make further progress before he was cut down.

Several mourners gathered at the residence of the deceased to sympathise with his family.

.. Yet, wife won’t be consoled

Funke Gberegbe, wife of the slain lecturer has however continued to wail. She gave reasons, especially saying that the late husband was yet to celebrate his doctorate degree award.

The lecturer was said to be shot by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS in Khana during the gubernatorial election on March 9. He died a week later on Saturday, March 16 at St Patrick Hospital Port Harcourt.

The widow said during a condolence visit by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and PDP chieftains on Saturday that her late husband was the pillar of the family whose sudden death will negatively impact their lives.

Governor Wike while condoling the bereaved family announced that the State Government would set up a judicial commission of inquiry to ensure that the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) personnel who killed Dr Gberegbe were brought to justice.

He also announced a N200 million scholarship for the four children of the Late Dr Gberegbe, directing the widow of the deceased to open bank accounts for each of the four children.

Father of the deceased, Mr Conduct Gberegbe said he was shocked by the killing of his son by F-SARs operatives. The retired police officer described the late academic as his hope and future.

Ben Lekia, brother of the deceased, said the slain academic only recently bagged his doctorate and was preparing to make further progress before he was cut down.

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