The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba has ordered a full-scale investigation into the shooting incident at the campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress, in Okrika, Rivers State, during which three Policemen were injured and one killed.
He has directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge Zone 6 Calabar, Johnson Tunde Ogunshakin to take over the investigation and promptly bring to book all the perpetrators, conspirators and sponsors. He further directed a judicious prosecution of suspects arrested in connection with violence across the country.
The IGP also noted with grave concern that despite serious warnings, advices and interfaces with political actors to avoid acts of violence in the ongoing electoral process, such acts have continued.
However, the IGP restated the resolve and commitment of the Nigeria Police Force, and in line with its constitutional and statutory mandate, to continue to provide an impartial level playing ground for all political parties to sell their manifestoes and woo the electorate.
It will be recalled that unidentified gunmen unleashed mayhem on supporters of the APC candidate for the Rivers State governorship election, Dagogo Peterside, who gathered at the party’s campaign rally. Apart from the injured policemen, a number journalists left the venue with varying degrees of injuries.