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Police Nabs Okrika Violence Suspects

Police Nabs Okrika Violence Suspects

Police detectives have queried top Rivers Peoples Democratic party (PDP) members over the mayhem at an All Progressives Congress (APC) rally in Okrika, hometown of First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan.

Hon. Evans Bipi, who claims to be the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, was, on Wednesday, quizzed by the police.Two other prominent members of the PDP, including Hon. Bright Tamuno Gogo, were also invited  to explain their roles in the incident.

The lawmaker, who represents Ogu/Bolo constituency in the state legislature, has been accused by the Rivers APC leadership of being the mastermind of the bombings and shootings at the rally.

Bipi told the detectives that he was nowhere near Okrika on that day and also threatened to sue the APC for making such an allegation against him.

The rally, which was being addressed by the APC governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, was attacked by hoodlums. A policeman was killed and a Channels Television reporter, Charles Eruka, was stabbed. Several others sustained injuries either from the explosions or the gun shots. Vehicles were destroyed.

Following the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, on February 20, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 6 Tunde Ogunsakin, visited Okrika National Secondary School, the scene of the February 17 violence.

AIG Ogunsakin constituted a team of detectives to investigate the incident. According to a source close to the investigation team, the team has made major discoveries.

The team, said a source, has invited several key stakeholders and “they have made useful comments to assist the police”.

The Ogunsakin-led team, according to a source close to the team, has arrested three suspects who shot at security operatives. It was also disclosed that some of the items recovered from one of the perpetrators belong to an APC member.

AIG Ogunsakin did not answer his calls and did not reply any of the text messages sent to his telephone.

A source close to a member of the team said 10 cars were burnt as against the earlier report of four.

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