Within the Etche ethnic nation, anger is weiling. It is deep.
A female sergeant who hails from Isu community in Ozuzu Clan was controlling traffic at the Eneka Roundabout a couple of weeks ago when a gun was fired.
The shot came from a loaded gun carried by a policeman attached to a Task Force set up by the Rivers State Government.
Sergeant Elekwachi hit the ground, blood oozing from her body. Moments later, she was dead.
No Government in the history of Rivers State has operated Taskforces like the Wike administration.
Strangely, members of these taskforces, investigations reveal, carry all kinds of dangerous implements, including axes and machetes.
Sergeant Elekwachi who was shot by a police sergeant has become a victim of the brazen abuses that have come to be associated with the actions of persons serving on such bodies who may not be better than thugs that are hired by government.
The Police Command in Rivers State has acted, sacking the officer who fired the shot that killed Elekwachi and placing him on trial.
Recall that the new Commissioner of Police, Joesph Mukan, who paid a condolence visit to the bereaved family had vowed that the command would not rest until justice is done.
But, the State Government which employed the service of the killer cop has curiously kept mum over the incident.
It has neither paid a condolence visit to the family of the bereaved or sent a condolence message.
Chimezie Nanyibu, the husband of the slain policewoman who now looks after their only child, told the Telegraph that he has not received any word from the Governor or any of his agents.
He said he was shocked by such an attitude by the government which constituted the taskforce that killed his wife.
A lawyer to the family who spoke to the Port Harcourt Telegraph on phone said that much as the police is taking care of the criminal aspect, the Rivers State Government which set up the taskforce has vicarious responsibility.
He said that he is making vigorous attempts to establish formal contact with the Rivers State Government.
The lawyer observed that he was not aware that the Governor or anyone sent by the Rivers State Government has made contact with the bereaved family.
A former member of the House of Representatives, Ogbonna Nwuke had taken to his Twitter handle to express shock shortly after the incident.
“What a way to die!”, Nwuke observed, “A female police Sergeant from Etche in Rivers State on duty at the Eneka roundabout was gunned down by a ‘ Wike Task Force’ policeman.”
“Not one word from the State Governor who talks about protecting Rivers lives. Doesn’t the life of this lifeless woman matter?”, Nwuke asked.
The Ogbakor Etche chaired by Machy Nwodim condemned the killing and urged action in a statement that it released to the press.
A former Assembly man in the Rivers State, Hon Okey Amadi who represented Etche Constituency I expressed serious indignation.
He said it was baffling that up till now, the Rivers State Government has not reacted to the senseless killing of a Rivers woman who died on duty.
“I have been sad since the incident. She was my maternal relation. ”
He said that the State Commissioner of Police has visited the family, but noted that the State Government has neither sent an emissary nor issued a statement regarding the killing.
He said it was obvious that the Government has no feeling for the Etche people.
We have learnt that the Vice Chairman of the Etche Local Government Council who hails from Ogida has paid a personal visit to condole with the family.
As the State Government flexes muscles with the Federal Government, the Etche people are increasingly unhappy over the behaviour of the Wike administration.
They say it simply means that the life of the ordinary Etche man means nothing to the State Governor who has maintained that is fight which has drawn the ire of several people is intended to protect the lives of Rivers people.
Many in the Etche nation wonder if the government, given its behaviour so far, realizes the weight of its obligation to the family of the slain woman.
The police has so far released those who were with the killer cop at the time of the incident.
There is no proof that there was a conspiracy, but the accused who has admitted guilt has been dragged to the open court where the rule of law is expected to take its cause.
Denied of Wike’s sympathy, the soul of the dead cries out for justice.
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