By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, Wednesday, ordered the police and other security agencies in the state to hunt down the killers of the President of Anti-Cult Volunteer Corps in the state, Augustine Chinua-Emu.
Emu was reportedly shot dead at about 7.30pm on Saturday, December 5, while returning from a meeting in Kwale in Ndokwa.
The father of three was aged 38 and his murder sparked off violence in Kwale culminating in some unidentified youths storming the residence of a prominent politician in the area, who they believed was behind Emu’s murder, and burnt down the houses therein.
Governor Okowa’s order came two days after Ndokwa Renaissance Network (NRN) also demanded that the IGP, the State Security Services (SSS) and relevant agencies should fish out the killers of their son within a short possible time as they described the deceased as a dependable youth of Ndokwa.
Mike Akpati and Sonny Neme, the Acting Chairman and Acting Publicity Secretary/Spokesperson of NRN in a statement, said that as at the time of Austin’s death, he did all that was humanly possible to promote peace and tranquility in Ndokwa nation particularly his designated areas of assignment wherein he was the Leader of the Anti-Cult Corps but his life was cut short by rampaging demons in human form.
“Relentlessly, Chinua-Emu in a heroic and legendary manner fought, he took the war against violent and bloody cultism to the doorstep of the practitioners of evil in our land.
While we slept, Chinua-Emu was awake, kept close tabs on criminal elements who hide under the cloak of cultism to kill one another in a competitive glare for group rivalry and supremacy in Ndokwaland. He ensured our we were secured without molestation of any kind, they said.
“This development (cult-related killings), has remained a growing and worrisome trend among youths of Ndokwaland who, rather than develop and grow themselves find occupation in arrant stupidity called cultism; they render themselves useless but only useful to those people who use them to achieve only narrow political aims at elections and dump them thereafter even while they had been armed.
Governor Okowa in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, deplored the gruesome murder of Emu, describing it as barbaric and irresponsible.
He charged the security agencies to intensify investigation into the dastardly act, and that they should leave no stone unturned to fish out his assailants and bring them to justice.
Okowa said that the killing of the anti-cult crusader was an attack against agents of peace and progress in the state, which should be condemned by every well-meaning Deltan.
He, however, sued for calm so as not to distract the police and other security agencies from the task of bringing Emu’s attackers to book.
He commiserated with the family of the deceased and called on residents in the state to be vigilant and report all cult and criminality related activities to security agencies.
The governor warned that government would not tolerate a break down of law and order in the state under the guise of cultism, saying that every criminal act would be tracked and unraveled.