16 Suspects Arrested In Rivers Over Slain Inspector | Independent Newspaper Nigeria

2024-04-29 19:57:57

Independent Newspapers Nigeria

PORT HARCOURT - Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command had arrested 16 suspects in connection with the murder of a Police Inspector, identified as Christiana Erekere.

Inspector Erekere was murdered while on duty at a checkpoint on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at approximately 4pm.

Public Relations Officer for the Rivers State Police Command SP Grace Iringe-Koko in a statement on Monday, disclosed that preliminary investigations indicated that some suspects who were stopped at a checkpoint inflicted fatal injuries on the deceased police officer.

Narrating what transpired prior to the inspector's death, Iringe-Koko said a group of individuals traveling in a Lexus salon car who were stopped for routine checks at the checkpoint in front of Bori Police Station attacked the police woman with stones causing her untimely death.

She stated that the occupants of the halted vehicle in the course of checking their vehicle became agitated and proceeded to barricade the road, obstructing the movement of other vehicles, even after the police officers requested that the individuals leave the scene, continued to create a roudy scene at the checkpoint.

The Police PRO, disclosed that the irate motorists refused to leave the scene, alleging that Inspector Erekere had recorded a video of them while they were behaving disruptively with her mobile phone.

Iringe-Koko explained that the suspects in their attempt to seize Inspector Erekere's phone forcefully, launched a violent attack against her, began pelting her with stones.

She added that the severity of the assault caused Inspector Erekere to lose consciousness, and was immediately transported to Nnadum Hospital located in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of the state, where she later died following the injuries sustained during the attack.

SP Iringe-Koko further disclosed that the Command following the unfortunate incident, initiated a thorough investigation, assuring that all individuals involved in the unfortunate incident will be apprehended and brought to justice.

Iringe-Koko quoted the state Commissioner of Police, CP Olatunji Disu and the entire command as extending their deepest condolences to the family of the deceased colleague, adding that the remains of the slain cop had been transferred to the mortuary pending an autopsy.

"The Rivers State Police Command deeply regrets this unfortunate incident and reaffirms its commitment to ensuring that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are swiftly apprehended and held accountable for their actions."

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