The rivers state police command says it’s not true that 16 persons were killed and several houses razed down in the crisis that rocked Opuoko community in Khana Local government area.
A statement issued by the rivers state police public relation officer DSP Nnamdi Omoni says ‘’the news Caption’ making the rounds on Social and Traditional media on the State of affairs in Opuoko and Lumene Communities in Khana LGA are false.
The statement reads in full: ‘’Ordinarily, this distorted news should have been ignored as the Command is not given to frivolities and fake news capable of stirring disaffection and causing panic and tension in the State.
However, in order that the public will not be immediately misinformed and hold erroneous impression resulting from the fake news, we have therefore deemed it necessary to put the records straight and state as follows:
- That today 18/8/19 at about 0630Hrs, information got to us that a group of Cult boys invaded two Communities in Khana (Opuoko and Lumene) where they attacked and killed one person in Opuoko and two in Lumene, altogether three persons died.
The houses of the LGA Chairman and the former Youth Leader came under attack.
The attackers on sighting the Police took to flight but were chased and two of them arrested, while the trail for others is still on.
The two suspects are
1.Damwua Karagbara 33yrs alias Spider
2.Dinee Prince 23yrs.
Exhibits recovered from them include: Assorted Phones and Military Camouflage.
So far, calm has returned in both Communities.
The CP has ordered Investigation into the incident with a view to ascertaining the remote and immediate causes of the attack and to bring perpetrators to justice.
We are again appealing to the public to help us with useful information that can lead to the arrest of these mindless criminals, via the following security numbers: