Fakorede snubs Rivers judicial probe panel
• Witnesses reaffirm FSARS killed Gberegbe
Commander of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Rivers State, ACP Akin Fakorede, yesterday failed to appear before the judicial panel of inquiry investigating the March 9 elections violence in the state.
Fakorede was among those enlisted to appear before the commission yesterday, but he failed to turn up at the sitting.
However, primary witnesses who appeared before the panel re-affirmed that two officers of FSARS, including Fakorede, shot Dr. Ferry Gberegbe at Bori collation centre in Khana Council.
Ledogo Raymond, who also sustained gunshot injury during the incident, narrated to the panel: “Trouble started when Fakorede drove into the collation centre and ordered everyone to leave the premises, alleging that a bomb was planted within the complex.
“We all ran out of the venue, and few minutes later, we noticed that the SARS officers and some other political party agents had entered back to the venue. Suspecting that they might tamper with the electoral materials, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agents, who were outside the gate, forced themselves back to the collation venue to verify what was going on.
“At that point, Fakorede ordered his men to shoot, and two officers, including Fakorede, started shooting sporadically and Dr. Gberegbe was gunned down, while others, including me, sustained gun shot injuries.”
Another primary witness, Dambari Sydney, confirmed that the FSARS boss invaded Bori Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) result collation centre with two other officers and forced PDP agents out of the venue.
According to him, when PDP agents frustrated the move, they started shooting, and in the process, Dr. Gberegbe was shot and few others sustained bullet wounds.
Meanwhile, chairman of the six-member commission, Justice Monima Danagogo, has assured stakeholders of fair hearing to all those invited by the panel, reiterating that the panel was not out to witch-hunt anybody, group or institution.