Police Probe Disruption Of APC Rally In Okrika
THE police have commenced investigation into the circumstances surrounding the attack on the All Progressives Congress’ (APC’s) governorship campaign in Okrika, in which a policeman was killed.
In compliance with the directives of the Inspector General of Police, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in-charge of Zone Six, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, yesterday arrived Port Harcourt to begin investigation into the attack, which the APC controversially blamed on the Peoples Democratic Party thugs. The PDP has since denied the allegation.
During the campaign rally, which was held at the National School Field, Okrika, a policeman, Corporal Ifeanyi Okorie, was killed by unknown gunmen, who also stabbed a television journalist, Charles Eruka, on the neck and injured several other persons.
Ogunsakin told journalists in Port Harcourt that he was primarily in Rivers State to unravel those behind the heinous attack, which has been widely condemned. According to him, the police will ensure that any individual found to have participated in the bombing and shooting during the rally would face the full wrath of the law.
“You are aware I am the Assistant Inspector General of Police in-charge of Zone Six, and Rivers is one of the states under my watch. You are also aware that the Inspector General of Police has ordered that I carry out this investigation. So, we have commenced investigation into what happened at Okrika and we are putting together bits and pieces of what happened before and during the fracas. You are going to hear from us; we have started making enquiries. We have started consulting and we are trying to find out what really happened before and during the crisis at Okrika,” he said.
The AIG explained that there is no time limit for his team in conducting the investigation, which he promised was going to be a thorough and detailed one. He revealed that, so far, the leaders of the various political parties have been cooperative. And to further broaden the scope of the investigation, he disclosed that he would have an enlarged meeting with leaders of Okrika Local Government Area tomorrow (Monday).
“Yes, I was here as Commissioner of Police, I can tell you that, as AIG now, I know all the dramatis personae in the political parties in the state. I am happy to announce to you that all the political parties are cooperating with me. As I told you earlier, I will see all the stakeholders from Okrika on Monday; we are going to have an enlarged meeting with Okrika people here; and the reason is that we want to see how we can talk to religious leaders, traditional rulers, youths and members of political parties in Okrika and then, we can talk,” he said.
The leader of the Rivers State Elders’ Council and former director general of the State Security Service, Albert Horsefall, condemned the attack and urged the security agents to ensure that all political parties are given adequate security protection during their rally to forestall further loss of life and property ahead of the 2015 general election.
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