Governor Similanayi Fubara Takes Drastic Measures Following the Murder of SP Bako AngbashimRivers State Governor Declares N100 Million Bounty on Suspected Murderer of DPO, Suspends Traditional Ruler
Port Harcourt, Rivers State-In a decisive move, Governor Similanayi Fubara of Rivers State has declared wanted Gift Okpara Okpolowu, widely known as “2-Baba,” and his criminal gang for their alleged involvement in the heinous murder of SP Bako Angbashim, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ahoada Police Station. The DPO was brutally beheaded by suspected cultists in the Ahoada area of the state, sparking outrage and shock throughout the region.
Governor Fubara, in a personally signed press statement released in Port Harcourt on Saturday, expressed his determination to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice. He placed a staggering N100 million bounty on the head of Gift Okpara Okpolowu (aka 2-Baba) and urged the public to provide any information that would lead to the arrest and prosecution of Okpolowu and his gang.
Furthermore, the Governor took the extraordinary step of suspending the traditional ruler of Ahoada, His Majesty Eze Cassidy Ikegbidi Eze Igbu Akoh II. Governor Fubara cited the traditional ruler’s alleged complicity in allowing the suspected cultists to operate freely within his territory, leading to the resurgence of violent crimes, including kidnapping and terrorism in Ahoada East Local Government Area.
Governor Fubara stated, “The prime suspects, Mr. Gift David Okpara Okpolowu (a.k.a. 2-Baba) and all members of his criminal gang are hereby declared wanted. Secondly, a bounty of one hundred million (N100,000,000.00) naira is hereby placed on his head for anyone who gives useful information that would lead to his arrest and prosecution. Thirdly, His Majesty, Eze Cassidy Ikegbidi Eze Igbu Akoh II, is hereby suspended indefinitely for acts of complicity in ceding control of his territory to the notorious David Gift and his gang to freely operate and carry out their criminal activities.”
Governor Fubara further elaborated on the tragic incident, saying, “Yesterday, 8th September 2023, at about 7.00 pm, I was briefed on the security operations around the Odiemudie Community in the Ahoada East Local Government Area of the state and the gruesome murder of SP Bako Angbashim, the Ahoada Divisional Police Officer, by a bunch of criminals, presently at large. S.P Bako and his team ran into an ambush while returning from their operation where they were attacked by the criminals. Unfortunately, he was shot in the ensuing gunfire, captured, and eventually murdered by his captors.”
The Rivers State government, under Governor Fubara’s leadership, is resolute in its commitment to ensuring that justice is served for the late SP Bako Angbashim and to bringing an end to the activities of criminal gangs terrorizing the state. The declaration of the substantial bounty and suspension of the traditional ruler are seen as significant steps in this ongoing effort to restore peace and security to Rivers State.