The 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.
The Rivers State Police Command has recovered the sum of 60, 250,000 naira that was reportedly stolen.
According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state, DC Uche Anozia, the monies were meant to be delivered to a new generation bank in Port Harcourt when the driver of the bullion van absconded after the first point of delivery.
DC Anozia told journalists that useful intelligence was obtained on commencement of investigation.
The sacks of monies were located in a parked vehicle in a super market in GRA area of the city.
The driver of the vehicle and the bullion van are said to be on the run but the Police say investigation is on.
The Rivers State Police Command has dismissed what it called unsubstantiated reports in some sections of the media following a recent attack in Egi land, at Ohali-Elu town of Onelga in Rivers State.
The Police released a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, on Monday.
The Police said that on Thursday, at about 5:30am, the Police in Ohali-Elu town received reports that unidentified assailants suspected to be herdsmen had struck in the area, leaving one Pastor Geoffery Ogagaghene dead after severe cutlass cuts.
According to him, in the build up to the attack, there was an unreported case of stealing of unspecified number of cattle belonging to some herdsmen allegedly by some youths in the community.
“The case was never reported to the Police, (but) it is reasonably suspected that the attack might have been carried out by the herdsmen as reprisal for stealing their cows,” the Rivers Police Command said.
DSP Mohammad further said that although there were sources that put the death toll at six, the command could only confirm the death of Pastor Geoffery whose corpse was seen.
According to the command, calm has since returned to the town following the heavy deployment of armed mobile policemen to forestall breakdown of law and order.
In the spirit of the season, the Rivers State Police Command has taken its services beyond security to giving back to the community.
The Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, who visited orphanage homes in Port Harcourt, the state capital, said that the move was in line with the order of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to all commands to share gifts especially with the less privileged.
Mr Kimo also explained that the command has embarked on giving back to the community as part of its efforts to strengthen community policing.
“We are here in the spirit of the season, to identify with them, to show them the love that we have for them.
“Gold or silver we do not have but apart from our prayers we are here to demonstrate that love,” the Rivers Police boss said.
He also assured residents of safety and security during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The Rivers State Police Command has vowed that it would leave no stone unturned in its fight against crime in the state during the Yuletide.
The Police has also warned politicians to comport themselves properly in their political campaigns.
The State Commissioner of Police, Dan Bature, stated this at the command’s display of power at the Police Headquarters in Port Harcourt.
The Rivers Police Command had led a team of security forces from the Navy, Army and other agencies in the state in a convoy during an exercise tagged, ‘The Show Of Strength’.
The Police Commissioner briefed officers on guard on the importance of the exercise, and told journalists that although this was a routine operation, the security challenges in the state informed the public display of the readiness of his command to rise up to the occasion.
He then warned politicians not to throw caution in the wind as they engage in massive electioneering towards the 2015 general elections.
He insisted that there would be no sacred cow as the Police go about the discharge of their duties.
A Legal Practitioner, Ikechukwu Ikeji, says the Police raid on the Save Rivers Movement rally in Port-Harcourt on Sunday, January 12, may be justifiable under the Nigerian Constitution.
He threw his weight behind the point of view that everybody’s right of association is guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and those rights of association “include the right to hold demonstrations and sundry kinds of rallies.”
He, however, noted that Section 45 of the same constitution goes further to derogate from that right by saying that “nothing in the constitution or in some of the sections mentioned, including the right to freedom of association shall render invalid any law that is made by the National Assembly, that is reasonably justifiable in a democratic society for the interest of public safety.”
He explained that this implied that a law could be made by the National Assembly in any form to curtail some of those rights so as to ensure public safety.
He went further to state that the Police Act is such law that the National Assembly had made which curtails the citizens’ rights of association for the sake of ensuring public safety, law and order. This according to him, empowers the Police to step in if it sees “that a particular situation may be likely to result in breakdown of law and order.”
Ikeji was asked to clarify the key elements that the Police would need to identify for it to conclude that a situation may result in breakdown of law and order, he referred to antecedents as the key elements that the Police would need to consider. These include the volatility of the polity and the environment, the parties involved, and the prevailing security situation.
Ikechukwu made this assertion on Channels Television’s daily breakfast programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’.
He insisted that it would be left for the court to decide who was right or wrong in the Rivers State crisis.
Watch this video for more of Ikechukwu Ikeji’s arguments.