Across The Nation, Hunt For Bako’s Killers Intensify

Across The Nation, Hunt For Bako’s Killers Intensify

● Nwuche, Dekor, Abe cry out as Army, DSS, others move in;
● Rivers not a safe haven for criminals – Gov Sim Fubara;
● Fish out Bako’s murderers – IGP

By PHC Telegraph

The Police and other security agencies in Rivers State are combing the Rivers countryside for the killers of late Bako Angbashim, a Superintendent of Police and Divisional Police Officer for Ahoada. Already, the police have declared the gang leader, Gift David Okpara wanted.

Bako was killed early September while on duty in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Pictures of the decapitated body of the Super Cop were uploaded by his killers, a move which expectedly led to an outrage across the nation.

His killers have since vanished from sight and obviously taken refuge at a remote hideout that is still unknown.

In Abuja, the Inspector General of Police ordered his men to take very urgent steps to bring Bako’s killers to book.

On ground, in Rivers State, the Army volunteered to join in the manhunt for the murderers as piblic concern grew.

Governor Siminalayi Fubara flanked by security chiefs in Rivers State addresses the press after a security meeting in Port Harcourt.


The Department of State Services, DSS, has not been left out from the look of things. They are similarly on the trail of the deadly murderers, according to information.

Rivers leaders, pained by the brutal murder of a dutiful policeman have also risen up in condemnation of the act.

Clockwise; Rt. Hon. Chibudom Nwuche, former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dumnamene Dekor represent Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency in the House of Reps and Senator Magnus Abe.


Chibudom Nwuche, one-time Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives expressed complete dissatisfaction and called for the immediate arrest of the killers who are believed to be part of the notorious cult group, Icelanders.

“The brazen killing is an affront to civilised society and undermines the authority of the State”, Nwuche remarked, “I call on Ekpeye people, traditional rulers, chiefs and the general public to work with security agencies to fish out and apprehend the criminals.”

Hon. Dumnamene Dekor representing Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives described the murder of Bako as a calamity and said he was satisfied with the swift reaction of the Rivers State Governor.

Senator Magnus Abe openly condemned the barbaric and dastardly act in very strong terms.

“The gruesome murder and decapitation of SP Bako Angbashim whose exploits in the fight against crime and criminality in the Bori Division gave the people a sigh of relief should be and must be condemned by all Rivers people and perpetrators of the heinous crime brought to justice.

“I am deeply saddened and will like to extend my deepest condolences to the family of SP Bako Angbashim and urge CP Emeka Nwonyi to leave no stone unturned until justice is done”, Abe said.

Governor Siminalayi Fubara, determined to ensure justice is done said after a security meeting in Port Harcourt, “It is really unfortunate that in our state where we are doing everything to reduce crime rate”, a group of miscreants have attempted to create the impression that the state is unsafe.

“We honestly feel very sad over this incident. As a government we will not rest until whoever is responsible for this act is brought to book.”

Although 2 Baba as he is known in the underworld has not been either picked up or neutralised, there are indications which suggest that security agencies are questioning lots of people as the search for valuable clues intensify.

The traditional ruler suspended by the Rivers State Government in Ahoada East following the incident has been quizzed by the DSS.

There are also visible signs that the police which declared the ring leader wanted has rounded up a few persons.

Fubara is who is saddened by the senseless slaughter of a gallant law enforcement officer reiterated there will be no hiding place.

“We have gone further to show our commitment in this issue by placing a bounty on the criminals and also suspended the traditional ruler of that locality”, the Governor stated.

“We will do everything on our part to ensure we get to the end of this matter, we must get him at all cost. Rivers state has never and will  not be a home of criminality.

“I believe that the caliber of men that are heading the security unit of the state will do everything within their powers to settle these matters.”

So far, the killers are not only lying low in a bid to evade arrest, the cultists who have been identified as members of the Icelanders, a sect with known militant tendencies  appear equally deviant.

A video put out in the public space by Gift Okpara Okpolowu and members of his gang from a hideout <span;>shows suspects  in a gyration mood.

In the video which has gone viral, the killers are seen equally parading high calibre assault weapons.

Painfully, the guns which were on display in the video silenced Bako, the bare-footed crack crime fighter.

In his lifetime, Bako had emerged as the hero of the intensive security operation which neutralised a sizeable number of criminal elements who held the Ogoni people hostage.

Tucked away somewhere in the dense mangrove forest, the gang leaders who are wanted by the State and the Police are not showing any remorse.

Rather, they have chosen to use the social media to assault the sensibility of the people and promote themselves while on the run.

In the meantime, law enforcers are saying very little in public. In the field where the manhunt is daily gathering momentum, the operatives are spreading their tentacles.

“The the entire State is crawling with detectives and other security operatives”, a security analyst said to  the Telegraph.

“They are looking everywhere for that bit of information, that lead, which will prove useful”, the source who did not want his name in print further hinted.

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