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Rivers Police Speak On Shooting Governor Fubara 

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Rivers State Police Command has opened up on the attack on the state governor, Siminalayi Fubara, in a protest at the state’s House of Assembly complex in Port Harcourt on Monday.

According to the police, the attack was ‘not deliberate’ and the intention behind the water cannons and tear gassing was to scatter the protesters and make sure the governor was protected from arsonists.

In a statement by the spokesperson for the state’s command, Grace Iringe-Koko, on Wednesday, which reads, “Following the receipt of credible intelligence on the intention of some armed group of persons to cause mayhem in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, particularly at the State House of Assembly on Monday, October 30, and recalling the previous case of arson on the State House of Assembly a day prior which is currently being investigated, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations immediately deployed armed police operatives which he personally supervised in order to intercept the ‘hoodlums’ and ensure the protection of lives and properties within the State House of Assembly facility and its environs.

“At the complex’s entrance, it was observed that youths numbering over a hundred had begun a protest to gain access to the complex and conduct themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace.

“This led to the police deploying non-lethal crowd control equipment, including tear gas and water cannons, to disperse the riotous and uncontrollable protesters.

“However, some minutes later, another aggressive group of persons approached the entrance of the complex and advanced towards the premises. The police, therefore, engaged them in a like manner but observed that the Executive Governor of the State, Siminalayi Fubara, was in their midst.”

The police disclosed that  the presence of Governor Fubara at the venue was suprising to them as there was no prior communication to the police on the visit of the governor to the scene of the crime, which was the normal protocol.

The statement continued: “In consideration of this, the DC Ops quickly took deliberate security steps to ensure his protection and safety while the Governor and his entourage went on to assess the level of damage caused by the fire incident.

“Thus, it’s pertinent to state that the Police did not deliberately attack the Governor or even attempt to hurt anyone, let alone the Chief Executive and security officer of the state, which is our most essential role to protect as being peddled in the news. Due to the present situation and the misrepresentation in some sections of the media, it is pertinent to clarify this.

“Similarly, the Rivers State Police Command has placed adequate security measures to ensure that the situation de-escalates and total calm is restored in the affected areas.” 



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