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Police Take Over 23 Rivers Council Secretariats

June 19, (THEWILL)- The Rivers State Police Command has announced the temporary takeover of all 23 councils’ secretariats as well as critical government infrastructure in the state.

In a statement on Tuesday night, the Spokesperson for the Command, Grace Iringe-Koko,  said the decision was to forestall more bloodshed and prevent further deterioration of security in the state.

The statement read: “Following the breakdown of law and order in the various local government council secretariats in Rivers State, where supporters of the two political factions clashed over the tenure of local government council chairmen, a case of death was recorded at Eberi-Omuma, Omuma LGA, where a police officer and a vigilante were killed.

“To forestall more bloodshed and prevent a further breakdown of law and order, the police have taken over all the 23 council secretariats and some critical government infrastructure in the state.

“Conventional police officers and anti-riot police officers have been deployed to these facilities.”

While urging all groups and individuals to be law-abiding, the police warned those intending to cause mayhem to retrace their steps, or face the full weight of the law.

“We also wish to ask the law-abiding residents and visitors in the state to go about their lawful businesses without fear. We are resolved to carry out our constitutional duty of protecting lives and property”, the statement added.

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