Unknown gunmen on Sunday murdered a popular Port Harcourt-based lawyer, Ken Atsuete at his residence.
According to reports, the gunmen stormed Atsuete’s residence at about 8pm and shot him several times.
The murdered lawyer spoke at the recently held conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Port Harcourt.
He was also was one of the counsels for the former chairman of the Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Ojukaye Flag Amachree.
A human rights activist and close associate, Anyakwe Nsirimovu said “Ken Atsuete’s lifeless body is currently lying at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital mortuary.”
Reacting to Atsuwete’s murder, Convener, Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD), Barrister Inibehe Effiong said the victim was a ”
He said, “The deceased was one of the speakers at the just concluded national conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Atsuwete was one of the counsel for the former chairman of the Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Ojukaye Flag Amachree, before he was assassinated.
“Atsuwete was also a lead counsel to about 400 state polytechnic lecturers who were sacked by the state government at the National Industrial Court and also the voice of the voiceless in Rivers state and a fearless critic of the current Rivers State government.
“I had a discussion with him recently over a human rights matter in Rivers State. I never knew that would be our last conversation.”
Effiong called on the Federal government to wade into the senseless killings in Rivers state as it is becoming a common occurrence.
He said, “This culture of senseless killings in Rivers State has gotten to an intolerable crescendo. We can no longer pretend that all is well. The brutal killing of this lawyer is one murder too many. The Federal Government cannot continue to treat the violence in Rivers State with levity.
“Security is the primary purpose of the government. A government that fails to protect its citizens lacks the legitimacy to remain in power.
“I condemn this senseless killing and urge the security agencies to bring the killers to justice.
“For how long shall they continue to kill our prophets? This is a tragic loss to the Nigerian human rights community.
“RIP Ken,” he concluded.