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●Demand  immediate transfer of the two masterminds of Police brutality and killings, Steven Hasso and Akin Fakorede

Thousands  of  Rivers people led by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  took to the streets on Thursday to protest the mass killings by  the  Police and other security agencies  during the December 10 rerun elections.
The peaceful protest  march took off from Government  House, Port Harcourt at 8am, moved through Azikiwe Street  and Bank Road before terminating  at the Rivers State Police Command headquarters  on Moscow Road.
Aside Governor Wike, Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Speaker Dabo Adams, Former Minister of Transport, Dr Abiye Sekibo, Former UBA Chairman, Chief Ferdinand Alabrabra, Former Deputy Governor Tele Ikuru and  Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah  joined the march.

Also on the  march, were Commissioners, State Legislators, Caretaker Committee Chairmen , women and youths.

As the thousands  of  protesters  approached  the gate of the Rivers State Police Command  headquarters, the policemen  ran into their premises, closed their gates and peeped from the openings of the gate.
Governor Wike  and the other  leaders waited patiently  for close to 30 minutes before the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Cyril Okoro came out. Even then, he spoke through the gate.

Addressing  the  Police, Governor Wike said that the people of Rivers State  were at the Police Command  to inform the authorities  that they were tired  of the killings of innocent  people  in the state by the police and  other security operatives.

He noted that  the people and Government of the state  were particularly  dissatisfied  with the recklessness  of  two Senior Policemen, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Steven Hasso  and the Commander of Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Mr Akin Fakorede who led the sponsored onslaught  against  the people of Rivers State and compromised  the security architecture of the state.

He said: "On behalf of the Rivers State Government and the good  people of the state, we have to let the police know that enough is enough.

"We demand that the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Steven Hasso and the Commander of Special Anti-Robbery Squad  ( SARS) Akin Fakorede must leave  the state.
"Since you don't want to protect the state and you want to be politicians, you have gotten the votes you want to get, you have also gotten the seats you want to get, you can now leave  the state."

Governor Wike  further stated: "If they don't leave  the state, then we will  do all we can to ensure they leave  this state. They must leave  this state. They have killed innocent people.

"We have come here peacefully, communicate this to your superiors in Abuja. I cannot write again, since I have done that repeatedly.  Please, I don't want my people to die anymore.  I don't want armed robbers posted as senior police officers to Rivers State".

He noted that  the Police High Command  has refused to act despite the overwhelming  evidence against  the duo, especially  the video footage  that showed Akin Fakorede  and other security operatives trying to snatch  results of the Rivers East Senatorial District.

The governor  said the situation  where security  officials have transformed  into politicians in uniform is quite unfortunate.

In his response, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyril Okoro assured the governor  that the Rivers State Police Command  will pass the message  to the Police High Command  for  necessary action.

Simeon Nwakaudu,
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
15th December, 2016.


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