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
Association of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ACSUP) 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
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.