Weeks After Attack On Borikiri, Mother Of 7 Grieve Over Missing Son

mrs-andrew-in-grief-after-borikiriWeeks after an attack on Rex Lawson water-front community in Borikiri of Rivers State, a family is still in grief, with their child still missing.

Residents and the Rivers State Police Command have continued to trade blames over the incident that led to the destruction of cars, property with one building burnt.

While residents insist that the destruction was done by men of the Police Command, the Commissioner of Police said the community had been harbouring the alleged cultists who wreaked the havoc.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Emmanuel Ereyi, visited the area to see how people have been getting along since the incident occurred.

He said although calm has since returned to the area, signs of destruction are still visible, as wasted property were seen littered around, with residents counting their losses.

A case in point was Mr and Mrs Sunny Andrew who are still searching for their only son, a seven-year-old boy. They say he has been missing since the attack.

The grieving mother blames their ordeal on the police.

She said: “We were sleeping when a group of men who wore police uniforms broke into our house, chased us out and set the house ablaze. All of us fled in different directions. I am still looking for my son”.

The father of the missing boy, Sunny Andrew, is also not on the same page with those who said it was the result of a cult clash, as earlier stated by the police.

The Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Francis Odesanya, who spoke exclusively to Channels Television said that the community had been harbouring cultists and a battle of supremacy led to the destruction.

According to him, a leader of one of the groups, who escaped with gunshot injuries, has since died.

“His body has been recovered and the two police riffles have also been found,” he said.

Mr Odesanya advised residents to go about their lawful duties, as the police were on top of the matter.

Mother Of Triplets Killed In Rivers

 

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(Deceased) Mrs comfort Ikunga

Comfort Ikunga, a mother of five girls and a set of triplets, has been allegedly killed in her home in Rivers state, by persons yet to be identified.

The recent killing took place in Rumuekini community in Obio Akpor local government area in Rivers state.

Her killing has continued to send shock waves around the neighborhood.

The 38-year-old woman was said to be stabbed while asleep, a fact which made the incident more questionable.

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Husband of deceased, Mr Ikunga

As residents decried the security situation in the state, some have also wondered if neighbours were all asleep or carried away by other activities, while the deceased was being attacked.

While speaking to Channels Television, husband of the deceased expressed shock, as he explained that he only went out to watch football and on returning, his wife had been stabbed to death.

Residents and concerned bodies have in time past, expressed worries at the security situation in River State, and have called on the Police and other security agencies to step up their activities in order to provide safety for residents.

Following several attacks that have recently plagued Rivers State, the State Police Command said nothing would be left to chance in investigating themother of triplets, rivers murder.

The police promised to continue to do their best in ensuring that the security situation in Rivers State was not left in the hands of common criminals.

They have also continually urged citizens to join efforts with security agents and be more vigilant, as “fighting crime requires the efforts of all citizens”.

Police Kill Six Armed Robbery Suspects In Rivers

Police kill armed robbers in RiversPolice have killed six suspected armed robbers in Ihuike axis in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State in southern Nigeria.

Confirming the killing, the Rivers State Police Command said the suspects were killed at about 8:45p.m. local time on Saturday.

An official of the command told reporters that the robbers were nabbed while they tried to make away with an 18 passenger bus.

He added that the suspects opened fire when they sighted a police van.

The driver of the bus was said to have lost control and the bus somersaulted while three of the passengers died.

The leader of the gang is one General Igbudu who the Police said had been responsible for the killings in Ahoada community in Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

The Rivers State Police Command recovered over 37 arms and ammunition in the operation.

Rivers Rerun: PDP, Civil Society Disagree Over Police Posting

Police, Nyesom Wike, RiversControversy has continued to trail the recent comments credited to Governor Nyesom Wike on the Police postings ahead of the rerun election in Rivers State.

The reaction is sequel to the planned move by the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, to send a new batch of Police officers for the legislative rerun in disputed areas of the state.

Governor Wike had stated that he would not support Police officers with questionable character and who had earlier served in the state to be assigned to oversee the rerun and security affairs in the state.

However, a civil right society group has frowned at the Governor’s stance.

They believe that it is not the right of the Governor to determine security operatives posted for the legislative rerun election coming in less than seven days.

The leader of the group, Mr Ken Atswete, noted that it is inimical to the progress of Nigeria’s democratic growth and security.

Meanwhile, the Rivers PDP Publicity Secretary, Samuel Nwonosike, says the Governor’s statement has been misinterpreted.

“The Governor is merely saying that for you not to bring down the fragile peace that we are trying to enjoy in Rivers State, don’t bring back those same persons who have questionable characters.

“How can you expect a Police officer who went to the tribunal to testify against a political party and in favour of another political party to be neutral in a political event?” Mr Nwonosike explained.

The Rivers State Police Command is yet to make an official comment on the matter.

IGP Appoints Jimoh Moshood New Police Deputy PRO

Jimoh-Moshood-PoliceThe Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has appointed CSP Jimoh Moshood as the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer.

A statement by the Police on Monday said  CSP Moshood takes over from CSP Sogbeba West, who has since been posted to the Rivers State Command.

The appointee hails from Ilorin South of Kwara State and holds a degree in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna State.

He was once a spokesman for the Abuja Command, the position which earned him Commissioner of Police’ Commendation Letter for diligent and excellent performance.

Until his recent appointment, Moshood was the Chief Superintendent of Police in charge of the Department of Finance and Administration, FCT Abuja.

He has since assumed duty as the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer for the Nigeria Police.

Herdsmen Attacks: Rivers Police Seek Stakeholders’ Cooperation

Herdsmen Attacks, Rivers PoliceThe Rivers State Police command has convened a meeting of herdsmen, farmers, community leaders and other stakeholders to canvass peaceful coexistence in the various communities.


At the town hall meeting, the Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, said that this had become imperative because of the critical security challenges in the state and the country.

Various speakers stressed the need to ensure a regulated approach to the activities of herdsmen and their relationship with communities.

The Police boss advocated the need to maintain peace in the communities and find a lasting solution to the crisis.

Two Clubbed To Death In Rivers Judiciary Complex

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Governor of Rivers State, Mr Nyesom Wike.

Two security officers attached to the Rivers State Judiciary complex have been killed follow an attack by yet to be identified persons.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Musa Kimo, told our correspondent that the men were clubbed to death at about 3AM in the morning.

Judiciary workers, who resumed in the morning were seen locked out.

Sources say the workers were asked to go back home until the complex has been certified safe for work.

Though it is not clear as to what would have led to the attack, the Police Command says thorough investigations are currently on to unravel the mystery behind the attack and bring the hoodlums to book.

The Command has called for calm while assuring the residents of beefed up security in the area.

Police Parades Criminals, Nab Suspected Rapists And Killers

PoliceThe Rivers State Police Command has paraded over 140 suspected kidnappers, robbers and cultists in the premises of the headquarters of the command in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Speaking during the parade, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, said over 748 arms and ammunition, four improvised explosives devices and at least 10 vehicles were recovered in the past two months.

He added that 38 suspects were reportedly killed in gun battle with the officers during various operations.

According to him, on parade are suspects who raped and killed a woman, and also killed another pastor in Ohigha Town, in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area.

Gunmen Attack Police Station In Rivers State

GunmenRivers State Police Command has confirmed that gunmen attacked a Police station at Ngo town in Andoni Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the incident on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, the capital of River State.

DSP Ahmad Mahhamad told Channels Television that some suspected militants stormed the Police station at about 3:00am local time on Tuesday.

According to Mr Mahhamad, the officers on ground were able to repel the assailants and no life was lost.

The spokesman for the State’s command said that more Police detachment had been sent to the area to beef up security around the vicinity.

He said investigations were currently ongoing to unmask the perpetrators.

The Chairman of Andoni Local Government Area, Victor Ere, told reporters that the gunmen broke into the Police station and took away some arms and ammunition.

Gunmen Kill One In Rivers State

Gunmen - RiversA member of the Caretaker Committee of Asari Toru Local Government Area, Godknows Babadiba, has reportedly been killed by unknown gunmen in Rivers State.

The Chairman of the committee, Soboma Jakrich, who confirmed the incident said that the body of the deceased was found bullet ridden after sporadic gunshots were heard in the area during the night.

According to Mr Jakrich, the deceased had complained of death threat calls from unknown persons prior to the killing.

He said that the incident had been reported to security agencies.

The chairman lamented that the deceased was not a politician but a businessman, who kept a good relationship with everyone in the community.

In his reaction, the Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers State, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, told Channels Television that the command was unaware of the incident.

Rivers Shooting: At Least Six Persons Killed In Onelga

Rivers-StateAt least six persons have been killed in Rivers State when Omoku community in Onelga, came under heavy gunfire late Friday night till the early hours of Saturday.

Police said it was a cult battle for supremacy.

The attack occurred less than 48 hours after a former lawmaker, who represented ‘Onelga Constituency One’ in the Rivers State House of Assembly between 1999 and 2003, was killed by yet to be identified gunmen in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.

Though some eyewitnesses said the death toll could have been as high as 20.

The spokesman for the Rivers State Police Command, Ahmad Mohammad, told Channels Television that men and officers had been mobilised to the area.

“Calm has since returned,” he said.

According to him, two suspects, Chimezie Ordu and Ikwudili Wordu, have been arrested in connection to the clash and were being interrogation.

We Foiled Over 98 Bank Robberies In 2015 – Rivers Police

PoliceOver 26,000 different fire arms, ammunition, cartridges, 10 IED materials, 137 million naira were recovered by the Rivers State Police Command with over 98 bank robberies foiled in 2015.

This was revealed to journalists by the Public Relations Officer of the Rivers State Police Command, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, during a media briefing at the command’s headquarters in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital.

The briefing was hosting by the Police to provide a summary of their operations in the past year.

According to the PPRO, 802 suspected robbers, kidnappers and cultists were nabbed and 243 of that number were killed during exchange of gun fire with the Police in various operations.

According to the Police Command boss, the ammunition were recovered and mopped up in 2015.

He added that increased raids on criminal hideouts, crime and criminality are expected to yield more results in 2016.