Rivers Unrest: IGP Condemns Killing of Officers, Orders Probe

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The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has condemned the recent outbreak of violence at various Local Government Council secretariats in Rivers State, where supporters of two political factions clashed over the tenure of Local Government Council Chairmen.

 

The unfortunate incident led to the deaths of a Police Officer – Inspector David Mgbada, and Samuel Nwigwe, a vigilante member at Eberi-Omuma in Omuma LGA.

 

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In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Wednesday, June 19, the IGP has directed the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Olatunji Disu, to increase security measures across the state and begin thorough investigations into the killing of the police officer and the vigilante operative, as well as the general violence which erupted in the state.

 

The statement reads: “The IGP has specifically deployed operatives of the Force Intelligence Response Team (IRT) to assist the Rivers State Command in apprehending the killers of the police officer and the vigilante member. The IGP seriously warns individuals and groups of people who have a penchant for senseless attacks and mindless killings of police officers and other security operatives across the country to desist forthwith as the fullest force of the law will be meted on them.

 

“The CP has also been directed to focus on increased patrols, strategic deployment of officers, and enhanced intelligence operations to prevent further violence and ensure the safety of all residents. The IGP extends heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of the deceased police officer and the vigilante member noting that their dedication and sacrifice in the line of duty will not be taken for granted.

 

“The Inspector General of Police calls on all residents and political stakeholders in the State to exercise restraint and seek peaceful means of resolving differences.”

 

Source: X | PoliceNG

 

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