June 19, 2024

IGP condemns violence in Rivers, orders probe into killing of Police Inspector, vigilante

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, on Tuesday pledged to tame the rising cases of kidnapping in Ogun state.

IGP Egbetokun

…Orders CP to fish out perpetrators, beef up security in state

By: Kingsley Omonobi

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun has condemned what he called the breakdown of law and order at various local government council secretariats in Rivers State and clashes which led to the killing of a Police Inspector and a Vigilante member.

Consequently, the IGP has directed the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Olatunji Disu to beef up security across the state and carry out investigations into the killing of the two victims.

A statement by Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Muyiwa Adejobi titled, “Rivers Unrest: IGP Condemns Killing of Officers, Security Threats, Orders Investigations, Heightened Security” made this known.

It reads, “The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun condemns in the strongest terms the recent outbreak of violence and subsequent breakdown of law and order at various Local Government Council secretariats in Rivers State, where supporters of two political factions clashed over the tenure of Local Government Council Chairmen, which unfortunately led to the tragic deaths of a Police Officer – Inspector David Mgbada, and Samuel Nwigwe, a vigilante member at Eberi-Omuma in Omuma LGA.

“In response to these heinous acts, the IGP has directed the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, CP Olatunji Disu, to heighten security measures across the state and institute 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 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.”