Abuja - A Rivers State pro-democracy
organisation has called on police to investigate the reported incidents of
violence and kidnappings in the state.
Rivers Progressives Front (RPF), as the group is called,
said these crimes were created by culprits involved in the alleged rigging,
maiming and killings that characterised the controversial governorship
elections held in the state in April.
RPF spokesman, Tamuno Iyalla, said the organisation was
“terribly concerned” about the trend of the crimes that had almost totally
disorganised and dislocated social and economic life in Rivers State.
He alleged supporters of Governor Nyesom Wike were behind
the heightened state of violence and insecurity in Rivers State.
Comment could not be obtained from the governor but his
administration has previously maintained such crimes were on the decline in the
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The RPF spokesperson said last Thursday, police arrested
some people by the names Goodluck Wogbo (27), Charles Nwaoepi (28), and
Goodnews Kejeh (28) were at Ada-George Road with three AK-47 automatic
rifles and 300 ammunition given to them, as per their own confession, by an
official of Emohua Local Government by the name Mr. Wisdom, the Chief Security
Officer (CSO) to Emohua local government council, who is an ally/agent of Emeka Woke,
the Chief of Staff to Wike.
“As we make this gruesome development public in this
press release, Gov. Nyesom Wike is putting pressure on the police to release
the suspects,” said Iyalla.
The RPF called on the Rivers State Commissioner of
Police, Musa Kimo, to ensure that his men resist the pressure from Wike and
investigate the matter and prosecute the suspects according to law.
“This is the time for the CP to bring to the
knowledge of all Rivers people and Nigerians that the intractable violence and
insecurity in Rivers State are all induced and sustained by the present Rivers
State Government officials, directly and indirectly,” Iyalla concluded.
- CAJ News