-IGP Orders Investigations, Heightened Security

The political crisis in Rivers State that degenerated into full blown violence between the two factions and breakdown of law and order following refusal of the local government chairmen whose tenure elapsed on June,17, to vacate office has reportedly claimed the lives of a police officer, Inspector David Mgbada and Samuel Nwigwe, a vigilante operative at  Omuma Local Government Area.

Sequel to this unfortunate development, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Kayode Egbetokun, who condemned in very strong terms, the activities of the warring factions and ordered the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, CP Olatunji Disu to heighten security measures across the state and institute through investigation.

This is contained in a release issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, dated, 19, 2024 which reads thus, “the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, 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”.