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Police flay Rivers’ politicians for flouting peace accord


THE Nigerian Police has lambasted political aspirants in Rivers State for flouting the “Peace Accord” signed recently in the state with the aim of ensuring peace, security and safety of lives during and after the general elections in the state.

   Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 6 Headquarters, Calabar, AIG, Tunde Ogunsakin while briefing journalists Monday on the disruption of All Progressives Congress (APC) rally in Okirika Local Government Area of the state, said, it was unfortunate that political actors who signed the peace accord have failed to comply with it.

    Ogunsakin said, “On February 2015, I had meeting with all political parties and stakeholders in Rivers State during which I stated that I have a mandate from the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba to ensure that electioneering activities are conducted under a peaceful and hitch-free environment.”

   “It is important to state that in the course of the meeting with all the political parties and stakeholders, aspirants and other political actors where a “Peace Accord,” was signed which was committal in nature to the effect that all political actors will among other things eschew all forms of electoral violence.”

   “Unfortunately, it has become apparent that the political actors who were present at the said stakeholders meeting are not complying with the “peace accord,” he lamented.

    Ogunsakin stated that, based on the strength of the violence in Rivers State, he has decided to relocate temporary to Port Harcourt, warning that he will not condone any act that would disrupt peace and order in any of the States under his control especially in Rivers.

   He said, “I have the capacity to overwhelm any person(s) or group (s) that will contravene the Electoral Act or disrupt peace.

      Ogunsakin said his office has commenced a detailed investigation into the incident that took place during the APC rally in Okrika, investigations on the kidnap of Mr. Freddy Ndigbara, a worker with the state government press unit and of attack on the State PDP convoy at Abua in Abua/Odual Local Government Area.

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