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IGP deploys detectives to probe Rivers homicides


Solomon Arase

Solomon Arase

Frowning on the incessant killings in Rivers State, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has dispatched a team of detectives to investigate the homicides in the oil-rich state.

Arase, who was speaking yesterday in Port Harcourt at an event to flag off a new uniform for police spy, warned that nobody had the right to take another person’s life.

Consequently, the IGP said a marching order had been given to the Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, to track down the persons behind the killings in the state, stating that a gang of criminals could never overwhelm security forces.

“It is unacceptable for people to take laws into their hands. This (Nigeria) is not a Hobbesian State where might thrives. And I have told the Commissioner of Police that he must go after whoever that has taken the lives of other people and ensure we bring them to book.

“And, secondly, proliferation of firearms is unacceptable, not only in Rivers State; but across the length and breadth of the country. This is also reflective of international law. It is a global thing. There must a strategic approach to it,” Arase stated.

He continued: “We must not allow a gang of criminals to overrun the state. We cannot allow them to overwhelm the state. There is nowhere in the world where a gang of criminals overwhelms the state. It can never happen. You can be rest assured that we will deal with them.

“Security gangs, cult groups can never overwhelm a state. It is never done. I can assure the people of this country we are going to clampdown on these people. We will arrest them, we will interview them, and we will make sure we prosecute.”

The nation’s chief cop charged his men not be partisan, urging them to discharge their duties professionally.

“The killings in Rivers State are being investigated. I have dispatched a team of homicide officers to the State. You know when a thing like this occurs, there are different perspectives to it.

“And I have always taken a stand that the police should be apolitical. We must show professionalism in investigating this matter. And, while I have deployed a team of homicide officers from Abuja; we have to take over most of these cases and ensure they are professionally investigated,” Arase assured.

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