- Reports have emerged as the circumstances that surrounded the death of Dr Ferry Gberegbe, a lecturer of Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic during the Rivers elections
- The reports, released by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) claimed that Gberegbe was a cult leader murdered by cultists
- SARS in its reports told the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the late lecturer was killed through food poisoning
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Rivers has replied the allegation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that officials of the command murdered Dr Ferry Gberegbe, a lecturer of Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori-Ogoni, during the House of Assembly poll in the state.
Akin Fakorede, an assistant commissioner of police, speaking for SARS, said claimed that late Gberegbe was a cult leader and was killed by cultists, The Nation reports.
Fakorede in his defence expressed shock that the Rivers PDP chairman, Chief Felix Obuah, is alleging that the deceased, who was also a party agent, was murdered by policemen.
Testifying before the investigating panel of the joint House of Representatives committees on the Nigerian Army, police, Human Rights and Justice, Fakorede stated that Gberegbe was poisoned by cultists.
However, Obuah, through his media aide, Jerry Needam, had alleged that the late lecturer was killed by SARS officials, claiming that Fakorede's denial was both alarming and awful.
On his part, Fakorede said: “I represented the police at the public hearing. We only called for an autopsy to be conducted to determine the death of Dr. Gberegbe.
"We also placed before the committee members, intelligence report at our disposal. “We know for a fact that Dr. Gberegbe was not shot by the police. We have credible intelligence on the circumstances that led to his death and we simply put the intelligence in the public domain, through the committee, along with our findings.
"Why was the deceased taken to a hospital 60 kilometres away, when many well-equipped hospitals are closer to the scene of the incident?” The SARS commander also revealed that the late lecturer died on March 16, 2019 at St. Patrick Hospital, Port Harcourt and not during the March 9 elections in Bori Ogoni, as alleged.
“Dr. Gberegbe was at all times a part of the plot that eventually took his life. He was killed by his friends and associates, and not by his foes. Most certainly not by SARS or any police unit or operative. He was shot at Elimgbu by pipeline, not too far from his residence along Court Road, Port Harcourt and not in Bori in Khana LGA, as alleged.
“The bullet that landed Dr. Gberegbe in the hospital was not fired from the barrel of a police riffle, but from the mouth of a locally fabricated pistol. He did not die from gunshot injury, but from cardiopulmonary arrest (heart attack) accentuated by food poisoning.
"He was a well and healthy man on the day he died. He died on March 16, 2019 at exactly 10:05 p.m., with a bowl of poisoned food in his hands.
"He shouted for help in the middle of a meal and gave up the ghost and that ended a long drama in which he had joined to write the script, intended by all the conspirators to cover up a huge fraud in which thieves without honour decided to outwit one another and enjoy a booty meant for many party faithful.
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“Dr. Gberegbe was a leading member of Deywell cult gang. During the March 9, 2019 governorship election, his role was to coordinate and supervise the various cult groups in their assigned roles. The money for all the cult groups, running into several millions of naira, was handed over to him for disbursement to relevant actors. It was his attempt to outmaneuver members of his group that led to his death.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the House of Representatives, on Thursday, April 11, commenced investigations into the murder of Gberegbe.
This was sequel to a motion under matters of public importance by Rep Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers) at a plenary presided over by Speaker Yakubu Dogara at the National Assembly, Abuja.
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