The circumstances surrounding his death suggest that he was assassinated but this is yet to be confirmed by the police.

Atsuwete had a legal relationship with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State and, before his death, defended some members of the party.

The late lawyer defended Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, an ally of former Rivers Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, when he was facing charges for the alleged murder of one Smart Soberekon.

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Atsuwete had, in July 2016, accused the current Rivers government of plotting to kill Ojukaye.