Rivers Unrest: IGP Directs CP To Heighten Security Measures


…Condemns killing of Officer, orders probe

Following the eruption of violence as a result of the end of tenure of Local Government Councils, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 directed the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, CP Olatunji Disu, to heighten security measures across the state.

IGP Egbetokun also directed the Commissioner of Police to institute thorough investigations into the killing of a police officer and the vigilante operative, as well as the general violence which erupted in the state.

Towards this end, the IGP 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.

Egbetokun, who gave the directive, also condemned 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.

The IGP noted with regret that the violence led to the tragic deaths of a Police Officer – Inspector David Mgbada, and Samuel Nwigwe, a vigilante member at Eberi-Omuma in Omuma LGA.

The Police boss seriously warned 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 Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, was also directed by the IGP 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.

A statement by ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer, said that IGP Egbetokun, called on residents and political stakeholders in the State to exercise restraint and seek peaceful means of resolving differences.

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