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IGP investigates Rivers State crisis

16 January 2014, 08:42Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered a full-scale investigation into the crisis in Rivers State where police have been alleged to have shot Senator Magnus Abe with rubber bullets.

Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, at Force Headquarters in Abuja, revealed the probe.

“In a bid to ensure a speedy probe of the incident, a special team of investigators from the Force CID, headed by CP Idris Umar Farouk, is to visit the scene of the incident and also interview all relevant parties to the said incident, including the organizers of the said event, Police officers and other key witnesses, so as to obtain a full and unbiased account of the incident that will aid the ongoing investigation,” Mba stated.

He said the IGP promised to maintain fairness and justice to all.

“The IGP calls on the citizens of the state to cooperate with the investigative team maintain calm and shun all inflammatory or presumptuous statements,” Mba added.

He further urged the good people of Rivers State to continue to respect the laws of the land while going about their normal businesses.

Abe was allegedly shot at the Port Harcourt venue of a rally of the contentious Save Rivers Movement, a pro-governor Chibuike Amaechi group.

Police have however denied shooting the legislator.

- CAJ News


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