The Rivers state police command has paraded 3 suspects arrested on Sunday morning allegedly detonating dynamite at Governor Nyesom Wike”s Father’s Church in Azikiwe Street Mile 2 Diobu Port Harcourt
The state commissioner of police In Rivers state Joseph Mukan while Parading the 3 suspects gave their names as
2. Apuro Victor
3. JOHN Okerie.
CP Joseph Mukan said the suspect are helping police with investigation and would be charged to court soon. The 3 suspects told correspondent Anita Ogona that they are. Members of IPOB who were sent on a mission by one Chinedu Ejuwe, who promised to make them to gain relevance and promotion in the rankings of IPOB activities.
The youngest amongst the three Apuru Victor ‘m’ 23 years from Ebonyi State pleaded for forgiveness, saying this is the first time he is involving himself in any crime or criminality but that he was not told exactly what he was going to do, before he followed the leader of the operation who is now at large.
The other two also confessed to belonging to the Proscribed group IPOB and says it feels like they were under a spell to go join them for the operations.
However the police department in a press release issued today 3rd December 2020 says: The Rivers State Police Command, has paraded three (3) suspects arrested in connection with the attack on the Church where substances suspected to be Bomb were detonated leading to substantial damage to the said church, located at Azikiwe Street in Diobu, Port Harcourt.
2. Parading the suspects this afternoon, the Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph G. Mukan, noted that the Command was pleased to present the suspects to Journalists upon confessing their complicity in the dastardly act with their respective roles in the heinous act.3. The trio of Progress Onwudinjo ‘m’ 37 years from Etche LGA, Rivers State, Apuru Victor ‘m’ 23 years from Ebonyi State and John Okorie ‘m’ 38 years from Abia State. In their statements, confessed to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), admitted the acted on the directive of a certain benefactor whose name will not be made public for obvious reasons pending the outcome of the investigation. Investigation is still ongoing at the end of which they will be charged to court.
4. The Commissioner of Police wishes to warn all miscreants in the State, especially those operating under the guise of IPOB to have a rethink or face the full weight of the law. He further wishes to reassure the residents of the State that there is no cause for alarm as the Command under his watch is more than ever prepared to deal with all criminal elements in the State, while appealing to residents to share credible and actionable information with the Police and take advantage of the Community Policing Initiative of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, in bringing policing to the communities. He is also using this medium to urge candidates who have been shortlisted for training as special constabularies to report immediately to the Commandant Police Training School, Nonwa Tai, for documentation and commencement of training as approved by the Inspector-General of Police.
SP NNAMDI OMONI,
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,
RIVERS STATE COMMAND,