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Suspected Gunmen Attack Police Station In Rivers

Suspected gunmen on Monday night attacked the Police Divisional headquarters at Ngo Town, the headquarters of Andoni local government area of Rivers State.

Andoni is the home town of the former deputy governor of Rivers State, Engineer Tele Ikuru, under former governor Rotimi Amaechi.

Ikuru later defected to the PDP, leaving his former boss in the APC.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ahmad Muhammad, who confirmed the attack in Port Harcourt, the state capital, said no life was lost in the incident.

Ahmad also disclosed that more security operatives had already been deployed to the area following the attack while investigation is ongoing to arrest those behind the attack.

The attack on the Police station is coming barely few days after gunmen, suspected to be members of a cult group overran a Mobile Police unit at Ubeta community in Ahoada-West local government area of the state.

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Meanwhile, a human right group, the Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Laws (IHRHL), has called on Nigerians to speak out against the high level of killings and general insecurity in Rivers State.

In a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, by the Executive Director, Anyakwee Nsirimovu, the group said the killings and insecurity, erroneously subsumed under electoral politics, or mere fights by political gladiators can hold no longer.

Part of the statement read: “The situation in the state erroneously subsumed under electoral politics, or mere fights by political gladiators, for the soul of the State, can hold no longer. What is being experienced in the state is gross and attested human rights violations, that must be given the urgent attention it deserves.

“And the state government must take absolute responsibility, because security of life and property is its fundamental reason of existence, rather than prevaricating or politicking on the issue of the fundamental right to life of citizens.

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“Citizens of voting age, who have an inalienable rights and freedoms to exercise their franchise in peace and safety, soldiers, police personnel, INEC ad hoc staff have been killed in their numbers, ravaged, plundered and supplied with gruesome death sentences and destruction outside the due process of law, by the so-called ‘unknown gunmen’, since the April 11, 2015 to the latest legislative election rerun.

“These characters have violated the sacred rights as contained in international human rights documents for the protection of citizens and aliens alike. They have broken the most solemn moral sanctity that life must not be taken arbitrarily.”