Photo: Rivers State Violence Claims Life of Ex-Student Leader, Suspected Cultists Blamed | #NwokeukwuMascot


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The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the killing of Mr. Endwell Awunze Ejindu, a former Students Union Government (SUG) President of Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, by suspected cultists. Ejindu, also an oil pipeline surveillance worker, was ambushed and shot dead on Tuesday evening while traveling along Ula-Upata Road in the Ahoada area of Rivers State.

An X user known as Naija Confra, who specializes in reporting cultist-related issues across Nigeria, first broke the news of Ejindu’s death. According to Naija Confra, Ejindu was returning home after participating in a protest at the Ahoada East Council Secretariat when he was attacked. He was reportedly targeted due to his role as a whistleblower against cult-related activities in the state and his staunch opposition to the tenure extension of local government chairpersons.

"Yesterday, Mr. Endwell Awunze Ejindu, a former SUG President and whistleblower against cultist activities, was shot along Ula-Upata Road in Ahoada. 

“Suspected cultists ambushed him after he left the protest at the Ahoada East Council Secretariat. He boarded a motorcycle around 7 PM when gunmen opened fire, killing him instantly and injuring the driver. We hope the evildoers are all arrested," Naija Confra reported.

Contrarily, Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the killing but indicated that there was no information to support that Ejindu participated in the protest. "I can confirm that he (Ejindu) was shot dead by some cultists, but information before me does not show that he participated in the protest. You know they would always want to link everything happening now to the protest just to escalate the issue. But we have set up a committee and investigation is ongoing to make sure that the perpetrators are brought to justice," SP Iringe-Koko told SaharaReporters.

The incident comes amid escalating tensions in Rivers State following Governor Siminalayi Fubara's announcement of the removal of 23 local government chairmen whose three-year tenure expired on Monday. This decision has sparked widespread protests and clashes between supporters of Governor Fubara and those loyal to the immediate past governor and current Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike.

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Ejindu's death highlights the ongoing violence and instability in Rivers State, exacerbated by political rivalries and cultist activities. The local community, deeply shaken by the loss, calls for swift justice and enhanced security measures to prevent further violence.

Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Ejindu's murder, with hopes of apprehending those responsible and restoring peace to the region.


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