PH Explosion: ‘Don’t Transfer Suspect To Abuja’ – APC Chieftain Begs IGP


An All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has urged the Nigerian Police to resist the pressure of transferring to Abuja the prime suspect in last Tuesday’s explosion in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The suspect, who is currently receiving treatment at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, had his limb severely damaged after attempting to detonate an explosive near Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt.

In a statement made available to reporters in Port Harcourt, Eze said investigations into the incident may be marred by undue interference, noting that competent sources have hinted that pressure is being mounted on the Force Headquarters to transfer the prime suspect in the explosion to Abuja, the nation’s capital

According to him, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) must resist any pressure on him to scuttle investigations into the incident to unravel the masked man of influence fueling armed conflict in the state to topple the administration of Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

While also condemning attempts by former Local Government Council Chairmen and some State Assembly members to turn the State’s political space into an unsavory scene of carnage and bloodbath to justify their call for an emergency rule, the APC Chieftain said it was wrong for some politicians to freely resort to armed warfare in a bid to foist their inordinate desire on the state and her people.

He said such brazen-faced pursuit of inordinate personal ambition by some individuals was against the spirit of the law and in defiance of a reasonable order to ‘cease’ by the Police Force.

Meanwhile, reports indicate that the suspect is recuperating under the watchful eyes of security operatives amid tight security mounted by officers and men of the Rivers State Police Command in and around the facility as part of the police mandate to secure law-abiding citizens, and particularly patients and staff of the facility.

The Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr Adaeze Chidinma Oreh while addressing journalists on the incident in Port Harcourt, said; “He is currently stable. We are working in tandem with the Rivers State Police Command, and the hospital has been fully secured; fences and perimeters have been fully secured.

“The patient is undergoing current medical treatment. He is stable and the police are doing their part by carrying out the necessary investigation”.

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