Rivers Rerun Violence: Police Parade Five Suspects

Police, Rivers Rerun, Crime SuspectPolice have paraded five suspects alleged to be involved in the violence that erupted during the rerun election in Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

The force Public Relations Officer, DCP Dan Awunah, made the disclosure while addressing a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr Awunah added that some security personnel, who connived with the political thugs, have also been arrested and were being interrogated.

He revealed that eight booklets of ballot papers meant for Emohua LGA, a booklet of INEC accreditation incident report form, a booklet of statement of results as well as different types of arms and ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

“The attempt by some major political gladiators in the state to foist violence and trigger an atmosphere of insecurity failed woefully.

“These political gladiators and major stakeholders clandestinely promoted violence and exhibited abuse of power and office.

“In the course of the rerun election, some suspects who attempted to scuttle the electoral process were arrested and sensitive INEC materials were recovered from them, arms and ammunition inclusive.

“Those arrested are as follows: Noble Nwaerema, Dike Deinpiribo, Valentine Alalibo, Onwunari J. Warmate (and) Iloke Stephen,” he said.

Police Recover Improvised Explosive Device In Rivers

IED, Explosive DeviceThe Explosive Ordinance team of the Rivers State Police Command has recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Rumuche, Emohua LGA of the state.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Omoni Nnamdi, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Monday, stated that the device was placed to blow off a pipeline belonging to Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Natural Limited.

He said that investigation was ongoing with a view to apprehending other members of the armed robbery gang.

The device was said to have been fabricated with a large mass of dynamite and other accessories.

The Police Command is yet to give details as to who was responsible for placing the IED.

Meanwhile, the Police have assured residents of Rivers State of their preparedness to maintain the fight against criminals and have again pleaded for understanding and cooperation of all residents in terms of information sharing.