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Peterside faults Rivers’ decision to prosecute Okorie over killing of corps member

By Kelvin Ebiri, Port Harcourt
18 November 2016   |   4:50 am
The Rivers State Government’s plan to prosecute the All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy governorship candidate, Asita Okorie in the 2015 governorship election ...
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The Rivers State Government’s plan to prosecute the All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy governorship candidate, Asita Okorie in the 2015 governorship election for the murder of a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member has been described as mischievous.

The candidate of the APC in the poll, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said the latest decision of Governor Nyesom Wike to allegedly witch-hunt perceived political opponents ahead of the December 10 re-run election in the state was doomed and dead on arrival.

The state executive council had on Wednesday directed the Attorney General to prosecute Okorie for the murder of the NYSC member at Akinima in Ahoada West Local Council during the March 19, 2016 rerun legislative elections.

The attorney general was also directed to prosecute the APC House of Representatives candidate for Eleme/Tai/Oyigbo Federal Constituency, Barry Mpigi for the alleged murder of a pregnant woman whose name was given as Mrs. Baby Nzuuga in Kpite Tai.

Peterside, who is now the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said the directive was mischievous.

“How can anyone link Asita to the death of the youth corps member?” he asked.

The NIMASA boss accused the state government of being the architect of the killings and mayhem that trailed the re-run election.

According to him, it was the governor threatening the lives of everybody and crying everyday at every available medium.

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