by James Sambo
The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has ordered a full-scale investigation into the shooting incident of Tuesday, February 17, at the campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Okrika, Rivers State, during which three Policemen were injured and one killed.
A statement released by the Force spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, revealed that Abba directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge Zone 6 Calabar, AIG Johnson Tunde Ogunshakin to take over the investigation and promptly bring to book all the perpetrators, conspirators and sponsors.
He further directed a judicious prosecution of suspects arrested in connection with violence across the country.
The IGP also noted with grave concern that despite serious warnings, advices and interfaces with political actors to avoid acts of violence in the ongoing electoral process, such acts have continued.
However, the IGP restated the resolve and commitment of the Nigeria Police Force, and in line with its constitutional and statutory mandate, to continue to provide an impartial level playing ground for all political parties to sell their manifestoes and woo the electorate.
The IGP deeply regretted the loss of lives of Policemen in the course of providing safety in the electoral process.