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Rivers Police Arrest 16 Over Inspectors Murder

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Rivers Police Arrest 16 Over Inspectors Murder

By: Barikui Felix, Port Harcourt

Sixteen persons are now in custody of the Rivers State Police Command in connection with the murder of Inspector Christiana Erekere. Late Inspector Erekere was murdered in the line of duty on April 25, 2024, at the Taabaa Police Station in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The Command’s spokesperson, SP Grace Iringe-Koko in a statement said preliminary investigations revealed that the incident occurred when a group of individuals traveling in a Lexus salon car were stopped for routine checks at a checkpoint in front of Taabaa Police Station.

“However, the occupants became agitated and proceeded to barricade the road, obstructing the movement of other vehicles. After completing the necessary checks, the police officers requested that the individuals leave the scene. Unfortunately, they refused, alleging that Inspector Erekere had recorded a video of their disruptive behavior using her mobile phone,” Iringe-Koko stated.

She added: “In their attempt to seize Inspector Erekere’s phone forcefully, they launched a violent attack against her, striking her with stones. The severity of the assault caused Inspector Erekere to lose consciousness, and she was immediately transported to Inadum Hospital in Bori. Regrettably, she succumbed to the injuries sustained during the attack”.

She said the Command has initiated a thorough investigation into the incident, adding that all involved will be apprehended and brought to justice.

While extending the Command’s condolences to the family of the deceased officer, she reaffirmed the commitment of the Command in enduring that the perpetrators of the crime are swiftly brought to book.

Earlier the Paramount Ruler of Taabaa Community, HRH, Mene Sunday Kabari Nule had called for justice for the deceased officer, urging the police not to sweep the incident under the carpet.

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