PRESS BRIEFING BY THE RIVERS STATE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, CP JOSEPH G. MUKAN psc (+) ON THE ATTACK ON POLICE STATIONS AND ARREST OF THE PERPETRATORS OF THE DASTARDLY ACTS.
Good afternoon Gentlemen of the Press.
It is with a heavy heart that I address you this afternoon on the recent attack on private and public property in the State leading to loss of lives.
2. Recall that on the 21/10/2020 at about 2130hrs hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the guise of #ENDSARS PROTESTS, invaded Oyigbo Local Government Area where they launched senseless and mindless attacks on the Area Command, Oyigbo and Afam Police Stations and burnt down the three Stations. They also went to the adjoining Eberi-Omuma LGA where they attacked the Umuebulu Police Station. In all the attacks, several vehicles were burnt and three Policemen were hacked to death and burnt to ashes.
3. In another attack at the Mile one Police Station the same day, the rampaging IPOB Members still acting under the guise of #ENDSARS PROTESTS made frantic attempts at burning the Station but were however repelled by the superior fire power of the Police where four of them were fatally wounded and 8 of them arrested immediately.
4. In the course of investigation, on Saturday 24/10/2020 I led Commanders of the Sister Security Agencies to the scenes where we had an on-the spot assessment of the damage done to lives and property.
Consequently, deployments were made to forestall further breakdown of Law and order. And as we speak there is relative peace in the Oyigbo Local Government Area, as we will continue to closely monitor the area amidst the Curfew imposed by the State Government.
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT REPORT:-
No of Suspects arrested – 21
No of Policemen killed – 3
No. of Stations burnt – 3 all under Oyigbo Area Command
No. of Station vandalized -1
No. of Hoodlums killed – 4
The Names of the Suspected IPOB Members arrested in connection with the attacks are as follows:-
Oguzie Nwajie ‘m’
Chibueze Raphael ‘m’
Andrew oyam ‘m’
Chisom ogbowu ‘m’
Mebebari yogbara ‘m’
ThankGod Samuel ‘m’
Nzube Ukachukwu ‘m’
Temple Uzuegbu ‘m’
Success Odinaka ‘m’
Ugochukwu Omeihe ‘m’
Evidence Igodo ‘m’
Chibuzor Ugo ‘m’
Dennis Richard ‘m’
Chidi Samuel ‘m’
Emmanuel Michael ‘m’
Shedrack Chinasa ‘m’
Hope Solomon ‘m’
Anthony Okwele ‘m’
Nweke Onuigbo ‘m’
Kenneth Ojinkeya ‘m’
Samuel Uban ‘m’
Names of Police Officers Killed are as follows:-
AP/NO. 241542 Inspr. Sunday Dubon
F/NO. 414018 Sgt. Swawale Ornan
F/NO. 424944 Sgt. Umunna Uchechukwu.
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT REPORT:-
No. of Hoodlums arrested — 21
No. of Policemen Killed — 3
No. of Police Stations burnt – 3
No. of Police Station Vandalised — 1
No. of Hoodlums killed — 4
Names of policemen killed are as follows:-
AP/No. 241542 Inspr. Sunday Dubon— APC Driver Attached to Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) killed and burnt to ashes.
F/No. 414018 Sgt. Swawale Ornan — Attached to 19 PMF on Special Duty at Oyigbo, killed and burnt to ashes.
F/No. 424944 Sgt. Umunna Uchechukwu—- serving in Afam Police Station, his leg and hand were cut off and burnt to ashes.
Gentlemen of the Press once again let me sincerely thank you for your prompt response and wish to enjoin you to continue to partner with us in our avowed commitment to rid the State of all manner of crime and criminality. I promise to sustain the existing peace in the State and appeal for support and cooperation from the public.
Let me also sound it loud and clear that those who find pleasure in destroying private and public property to have a rethink or else someday the law will catch up with them. No offender will be left unpunished.
Thanks and God bless
CP JOSEPH G. MUKAN psc (+)
COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
RIVERS STATE COMMAND