The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph G. Mukan, Saturday, 24/10/2020 led Commanders of the Sister Security Agencies in the State to Oyigbo Local Government Area where four(4) Police Stations were burnt down in the wake of the mindless attack of 21st October, 2020 by hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
Recall that on 21/10/2020 at about 2130hrs, hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) under the guise of #ENDSARS Protests invaded Oyigbo Area Command, Oyigbo, Afam and Umuebulu Police Stations where they attacked the Policemen on duty and burnt down the four (4) Police Formations. In the course of the attacks, over fifty (50) vehicles were burnt, including one Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), killing two Policemen who were hacked to death and set ablaze.
Addressing Journalists at the Oyigbo Police Station, the CP condemned in the strongest terms, the senseless attack on public and private property and noted that” it was not only ill-conceived, but most unfortunate and an ill wind that blows no one any good”
The CP on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, (IGP )Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, condoled with the families of the Officers who lost their lives in the attack and pledged that the Command will stop at nothing until the perpetrators of these dastardly acts are arrested and brought to justice.
He reassured the good people of the state that there is no cause for alarm, maintaining that “massive deployments have been made by the Command, with complementary deployments by sister Security Agencies to guide against further breach of the peace and restore public confidence, with a renewed sense of security.”
The Police Commissioner used the medium to appeal to all aggrieved persons, groups, or ethnic nationalities in the State, to shun violence and embrace a more civilized means of ventilating their grievances, rather than being confrontational to the extent of destroying lives and property.
He enjoined residents of the state to remain calm and go about their lawful activities, and asked those in whose areas curfew is imposed to religiously obey same, as violators risk arrest and prosecution.