By Stephen Asaba-ase
The Commissioner of Police Delta State CP Abaniwonda Olufemi has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police State Criminal Investigation Department to commence a full-scale investigation into the incident, noting that the officers involved had been identified and detained, while an internal disciplinary action had been initiated.
The police command stated that it was aware of a publication making rounds in some sections of the media of an alleged shooting by Policemen at Idjerhe kingdom in Ethiope West LGA.
This is according to a statement signed and issued by the commands police spokesman, Bright Edafe on Thursday.
The statement reads, “The CP wishes to reiterate that It’s not in the character of the Command to trample on the rights of citizens, assault, or use their rifles without recourse to Force Order 237”.
He assured members of the public that the officers concerned would be decisively dealt with in accordance with the extant laws as stipulated in the Police Act and regulations to serve as a deterrent to others, noting that under his watch, such conduct by officers of the command would not be tolerated.
The CP had therefore tasked officers and men to uphold the tenets of professional policing in the discharge of their duties with respect to the rights of all citizens in line with the provisions of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) while hoping that the actions taken on the erring officers would serve as a deterrent to others.
He appealed to members of the public, particularly indigenes of Idjerhe Kingdom, and the families of the injured vigilantes who are currently receiving treatment to remain calm and assured them of justice.
“For Complaints, members of the public can reach the command through the Command control room on 0803 668 4974 or
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DSP. EDAFE BRIGHT, ANIPR, FCIA, FIPMD”.