Police Confirm Killing Of Tricycle Operator By Officer In Rivers, Say He Is Facing Trial

A file photo of a police officer displaying the crest of the Nigeria Police Force. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the killing of a tricycle operator by one of their officers in Rivers State.

In a statement signed by the police spokesperson in the state, Nnamdi Omoni, the Police confirmed that the Inspector, on Thursday, shot the tricycle operator at Rukpokwu Junction in Obio/Akpor LGA of Rivers State.

Omoni in the statement said the Commissioner of Police in the state condemned the incident and has ordered the immediate commencement of the Inspector’s Orderly Room Trial.

He also added that the officer will be dismissed and charged to court immediately for murder.

 

See police full statement below

The Rivers State Police Command was greeted this morning with the sad and unfortunate incident of the death of a tricycle driver who was shot and killed by a Police Inspector on duty at Rukpokwu Junction in Obio/Akpor LGA of Rivers State.

The incident attracted reaction from the Keke Drivers’ Union but was however immediately contained by our men deployed to the area.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph G. Mukan, psc has condemned the dastardly incident and ordered the immediate commencement of the Inspector’s Orderly Room Trial, who is currently being tried, will be dismissed and charged to court immediately for murder.

He has equally extended the heartfelt condolences of the Inspector-General of Police and the Command to the families of the deceased and the Keke Drivers’ Union, assuring them that he will do all in his powers to ensure that the interest of justice will be served in the circumstance while appealing to all aggrieved persons to maintain restraint and allow the law take its full course.

So far, the affected areas have been stabilized and security beefed up at the Rumuokoro Police Station to forestall any breakdown of Law and Order. Accordingly, calm has been restored and business activities resumed, while the situation remains under close monitoring.

SP NNAMDI OMONI,

POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,

FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,

RIVERS STATE COMMAND,

PORT HARCOURT.

10/12/2020

Rivers Police Arrest Suspected Killers Of Human Rights Lawyer

rape suspect, Police parade, Police ARREST, 419 syndicate, Police Arrest Kidnappers In KanoThe Rivers State police has arrested and started investigation into the gruesome murder of Human Rights lawyer, Ken Atsuete

This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Francis Odesanya during presentation of the command’s achievements in the last one month at the headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

According to him, about 75 suspected criminals are in police net over crimes ranging from murder, kidnapping to armed robbery, 249 fire arms and live ammunition were recovered,11 of the suspects were killed in action, 30 kidnapped victims were rescued with 15 stolen cars recovered among other exhibits.

Assorted rifles, pump action guns, live ammunition, mobile phones and other gadgets are among the items in the premises of the command.

One of the suspects known as general dodo, told journalists that he led a gang of six gunmen who are linked to criminal activities in Onelga and Ahoada Local Government Areas.

According to him, he returned to crime after accepting the state government’s amnesty because there was nothing to far back on.

“Before my amnesty, the government promised to rebuild my house that was destroyed and release my men that were arrested, but after the amnesty, they did not give me anything, i was homeless, I was even in the hotel when the police came to arrest me, that is why i went into this crime that led to my arrest”

The Commissioner of Police in the state while presenting a summary of the command’s operations and achievements in the last one month said besides the suspects and items recovered, the police has nabbed the killers of human rights lawyer, Ken Atsuete who was gruesomely murdered on August, 2016.

The suspects confessed to have carried out the operation that led to the death of victim a Port Harcourt based human rights lawyer who was killed on August 29, 2016 and on October 16, 2016 the leader of the dreaded cult group known as “Shina Rambo” who led the cult group that killed a police sergeant, later died from gunshot injuries he sustained during encounter with the police.” end of quote

The police has vowed to continue its clampdown on criminals in the state.

Five Policemen Missing In Rivers, 53 Suspects Arrested

Policemen missingThe Rivers State Police Command has announced that five policemen who along with other colleagues were ambushed in the early hours of Wednesday, May 25 at the Okujagu community, Okrika Local Government are still missing.

According to Police Public Relations Officer, DSP. Ahmad Muhammad, the policemen went to Okujagu community on a routine Police inquiry when they were ambushed by unknown gunmen.

Before they could disembark from the boat that ferried them, they were bombarded with a barrage of heavy gunfire which forced them to scamper for cover and by the time the firing ended, six policemen comprising two inspectors and four other rank and file could not be accounted for.

However, one day after the attack, Inspector Aferuan Imoukhuede, who was among the missing policemen was rescued.

The Police says string operations by the command are still on the top gear to rescue the remaining five missing policemen and 53 suspects have been arrested in connection to the incident and are presently undergoing interrogation.

The Commissioner of Police has set up a high powered investigative panel headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Investigation Department to unravel the circumstances surrounding the entire incident.

Rivers Police Parade Cultists, Robbers And Kidnappers

PoliceThe Rivers State Police command has made good its promise to reduce criminal activities within the state as the command made various arrest of armed robbers, cultists and kidnappers within 24 hours.

Briefing journalists at the Police Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Muhammed, said that the command prevented a robbery at a new generation bank on Ikwere Road, Port Harcourt, with a recovery of 15million naira.

The operation, according to him, also led to the arrest of two wounded suspects after the robbers had engaged the Police in a gun battle.

Parading the suspects and their arms, the PPRO insisted that the command remains resolute in its determination to rid the state of criminal elements.

Meanwhile, one of the suspects, Elijah Wilson, who spoke to Channels Television, said that he had no regrets being a member of a cult in his community, which according to him is in crisis.

#SaveRiversRally: Police Area Command Was 400 Meters Away

The Chairman of Eleme local government area in Rivers State, Oji Ngofa, on Monday alleged that a Police Area Command was 400 meters away from the venue of the Save Rivers Movement (SRM)rally which was marred by violence on Sunday, wondering why officers of the Force did not come to the rescue.

“The venue of the rally was not up to 400 meters from the Bori Area Command but police didn’t do anything and the hoodlums (from wherever they came from) started shooting, chasing people away, damaging property and all that,” he said.

Ngofa whose LG is near to Khana Local Government, where the attack occurred, disclosed that problem started at about 4 AM on Sunday morning when the hoodlums started shooting and then returned when organisers of the rally started setting up.

“There was no way they would say that they didn’t hear the gunshots,” Ngofa said, adding that efforts of the SRM to secure police assistance yielded nothing.

However, the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu told Channels Television via a telephone interview that the group did not invite the Police and also did not request security presence for the rally.

In response, Mr Ngofa said “that is not true” because the same letter written to the Police, seeking security, last week covered two events including Sunday’s rally.

On allegations that the group was trying to stage campaign rallies, Ngofa said the mission of the Movement was to “promote good governance.”

Although the identity of the attackers remains unknown, Ngofa said residents of Khana local government would be able to point out the perpetrators.

Contrary to claims by the State Police Commissioner, Mbu, Mr Ngofa disclosed that the group had made attempts at informing the police of the event beforehand. He added that the lawyer of the group, Ken Asuette went to the Police command on Friday to remind the Force of the rally which was to hold on Sunday.

He further stated that the refusal of the Police to do its job indicates that they are lying and playing games.

“It is a gang up to bring a reign of terror on Rivers people.”

Members Of Save Rivers Movt. Are Victims Of Political Megalomania – Mbu

The Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Joseph Mbu, has accused the members of the Save Rivers Movement, a non-governmental organisation, of being victims of ‘political megalomania’ for being bold enough to stage yet another rally on Sunday despite the mayhem which occurred at their programme, last week.

“They (SRM) are trying to tell the world that they are really victims of political megalomania. They are power drunk,” he said adding that the decision of the SRM to go ahead with its rally despite the mayhem which occurred last week is a bold attempt at telling people that “they are still in control.”

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, via a telephone interview, Mr Mbu responded to claims that the Police did not rush to the scene of the rally when armed hoodlums attacked citizens and destroyed property, including Channels Television’s Open Broadcast Van and bus.

Mr Mbu who had been in the eye of public after ordering his men to disrupt the rally last week based on the argument that he did not grant permission for the event to hold, insisted that the Police was not invited to ensure law and order at Sunday’s event.

On the botched rally of last week, the CP said “I sent men as early as 5 0’clock to dominate and take over that premises.” However, “that of yesterday, nobody applied to the Police. It was about 4 hours later that the area commander called me and said that the Chairman of the local government went to his office to report that hoodlums invaded where they were going to hold the rally and everything was scattered.… I told him that this Save Rivers Movement is government instrument. They feel they are above the law and if you know that you are above the law and a thing of that nature happens, you should go and contact the thugs to go and fight for you. You don’t need to come to the police station because you think you are above the law.”

He continued by saying “If they had applied to us and we have considered the security location and that the place is safe, I would have approved and I would have given them enough policemen.”

Describing the group as disorganized and lacking respect for law and order, he further alleged that “the policemen who were shooting there were the orderly of the Chairman of the Local Government and four other policemen brought in by the Commissioner for Works.”

The Commissioner of Police assured that investigations are on-going and promised that “whoever authorised such policemen is going to be disciplined, whether he is a civil commissioner or he’s a police officer.”

He said the Police was not aware of the mayhem but only deployed “a unit of conventional policemen as well as a unit of mobile policemen” after a report was made at the station.

He also hinted that the Police will not rule out possibilities that the group was involved in the fracas. “Sometimes, the person who commits the offence is the one who cries foul,” he said.

“The information we have is that the policemen attached to the DPO and to the Chairman and the ones attached to the Commissioner for Works were responsible for the shooting but we are investigating it.”

“We are the police and we are in charge of security and order. If anybody is in distress and calls us, whether you have made a mistake or not, we must come there to salvage and then to save your life. We were not invited. We were invited only after the destruction had been done and we don’t know who did that destruction.”

Police Are Aware Of Plan To Attack Save Movement Rally -Amaechi

The Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, says the State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Mbu, has prior knowledge of the attack on citizens at the venue of the Save Rivers Movement rally held in Khana local Government Area.

Addressing reporters after the rally was disrupted by hoodlums on Sunday, Amaechi insisted that Mr Mbu had declared war on Rivers State people and had also warned the police not to come to the venue of the rally.

He pointed out that the decision was a clear signal that he was aware that the attack would be carried out.

“If he was not aware, why did the police not respond when the people started shooting by 4: 00am? When they started shooting from 4:00am to 6:00am what did the police do?

The governor also said that the incident showed how desperate the Federal Government was over the 2015 election.

They want to win the presidential election and governorship election at the cost of human lives. They don’t care.

“They attacked pressmen and attacked citizens and the commissioner of police did not react?

The police in the state had said that there were no casualties but the governor said that two persons were injured by the hoodlums.

“Two people are lying critically ill in the hospital, which I have to visit, Governor Amaechi said.

He pointed out that the Oath of Office taken by elected officials specified that they must protect lives and property.

“The President, Goodluck Jonathan, holds the Rivers State people the responsibility of protecting their lives and their lives are not being protected,” he stated.

Save Rivers Movement Did Not Request For Security – Police

The Rivers State Police Command says it did not receive any request from the Save Rivers Movement to provide security at the disrupted rally venue in Khana Local Government Area.

In a telephone interview with Channels Television on Sunday, hours after the rally was disrupted by hoodlums with machetes, the spokesman for the police in the state, Ahmed Kidaya, said that the police only got the information that the rally was disrupted by hoodlums who attacked those present at the rally ground.

“We are not aware that the group was having a rally in Khana. From the report I had from my people there, there are no casualties so far, for now.

“The Rivers State police command did not receive any letter of request for police security from the Save Rivers Movement.

“There were instances before now that they requested for police security and the police provided security as needed to ensure that their rally was hitch free.

“How can somebody accuse the police of disrupting their rally when everybody knows that it is the duty of the police to ensure peace and security in the entire country? He questioned.

Mr Kidaya called on anyone with a any evidence of police’s involvement in disruption of the rally to present it.

“The claim is baseless and misleading. It is a misrepresentation of what happened there and the Police have no hand in their meeting or rally,” he said

The president of the Save Rivers Movement, Mr Charles Ohuru, said that the group had notified the police of the rally before the date it was held.