The Rivers State Police Command has launched a manhunt on the hoodlums who attacked two communities in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of Rivers State and killed at least 17 Christian worshippers on New Year Day.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Zaki, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt regretted the incident, describing it as an isolated case.
Insisting that there was adequate deployment of Police personnel preparatory to the Yuletide, Zaki said the Police has launched a manhunt on the hoodlums.
He assured persons and companies doing business in the area of adequate security, insisting that anyone found to be connected to the dastardly act will be brought to book no matter how highly placed.
The Commissioner of Police said, “I have called you here to douse some of the speculations surrounding the unfortunate incident of January 1st 2018, where unidentified gunmen launched a mindless attack on unsuspecting residents of Kirigene and Aligwu communities in ONELGA, who were on their way back from the Cross Over Night Service, in the wake of which 16 persons were feared dead and a few others sustained non-life threatening gunshot wounds.
“On receipt of this sad news, our men promptly mobilized to the scene and on arrival the hoodlums had taken to flight. However, the corpses were evacuated and taken to the mortuary, while the ones with wounds were rushed to the hospital for medical attention.
“It could be recalled that before the sad incident of 1st January, the Command had made adequate deployments of men and materials for the yuletide season to ensure that there was no form of security breach before, during and after the Yuletide. But was saddened to be greeted with the dastardly incident.
“However, we are not deterred and discouraged by it as a serious manhunt has been launched for the arrests of the perpetrators. And I can assure you that they will be arrested and brought to justice soonest.
“Our hearts go out to the families who lost their loved ones. We share their pains and will spare no efforts in bringing the perpetrators to face justice.”
Zaki, therefore, called on anyone with useful information that can lead to the arrest of the hoodlums to kindly call the Police dedicated lines, saying such information will be treated with utmost confidentiality.
Meanwhile the Police Chief has also confirmed two incidents in Egbeda community of Emohua local government area and Unyeada in Andoni local government areas of the state, where some persons were also shot dead, yesterday.
According to Zaki, one person was killed in Andoni and arrest has been made in connection to the killing.
He also stated that some hoodlums riding on motorcycle shot and killed on person in Egbeda community.
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