Gunmen kill Rivers lawyer, client

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Gunmen have killed a lawyer, Nathan Akatakpo and his client, Lazarus Jerome in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Jerome from Ihugbogo Community in the LGA was shot dead at Akoh center on Sunday while Akatakpo who is from the same Akoh Kingdom with Jerome was shot dead at about 7:38pm on Monday in front of his house.

The reason for their killing has was not immediately. Spokesperson of the Rivers State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko did not respond to text messages to her phone for comments.

But locals in Ahoada told our correspondent that the killings were carried out by cultists in the area.

A resident of the area who identified herself as Blessing said cult-related killings have increased in the area in the last three months.

According to her “People are dying like fowls here. Few weeks ago, more than eight persons were killed in a cult-related shooting.

“Killings in Ahoada East LGA and Akoh kingdom are getting out of hand if something is not done about the hideout of these hoodlums at Odiemude Community”

Akatakpo, a University of Portsmouth trained lawyer was a youth leader and activist.

John Aikpokpo-Martin, the immediate past Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) 1st Vice President, had condemned the assassination.

Also, Mazi Afam Osigwe, SAN, while condemning the assassination, urged NBA to reach out to the NBA leadership, Eastern Bar Forum and Bar leaders in Ahoada and Port Harcourt, to ascertain if the news is true.

He further appealed that the police, should leave no stone unturned to get to the root of the dastardly act.