It’s been reported that on Thursday, the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike led thousands of supporters to stage a peaceful protest over alleged police high handedness in the just concluded legislative re-run election.
The protesters are said to have converged at Government House where they took off from. They proceeded through Azikiwe Street, then to Bank road, and terminated their protest at the police Command Headquarters at Moscow road.
Mr. Wike is reported to have told the state Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyril Okoro, that people of the state were fed up with killings by some policemen and other security operatives.
The protesters led by the governor, also accused the police of killing PDP members and demanded the transfer of two policemen alleged to be masterminds of the police attacks.
“On behalf of the Rivers Government and good people of the state, we have to let the police know that enough is enough.
“We demand that Assistant Commissioner of Police in-charge of Operations, Mr Steven Hasso and the Commander of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Akin Fakorede be posted out of the state.
“We have come here peacefully to communicate this demand and urge that this request is communicated to Police headquarters in Abuja because I (Wike) have written repeatedly (to IGP).
“Please, I don’t want people to die anymore and definitely do not want corrupt senior police officers posted to Rivers state,” he said.
It is also reported that governor Wike alleged that the police had refused to sanction the two policemen desspite the video footage which purported to show the duo and other security operatives attempting to snatch results of the Rivers East Senatorial District.
The governor described as unfortunate and worrisome a situation where policemen who are supposed to be non-partisan paraded themselves as politicians in uniform.
“If they don’t leave the state, then we will do all we can to ensure that they leave this state because they have killed innocent people,” the governor claimed.
Cyril Okoro, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Rivers assured Mr. Wike and the protesters that, the command will deliver the message to the Inspector General Police for possible action.
Further reports revealed that Some senior government officials also participated in the protest.
Written by Okolo Ezinne