• Tue. Jul 16th, 2024

Police Respond To Allegations of Kidnapping Involvement In Ughelli Protest

In response to allegations of police involvement in kidnapping, the Delta State Police Command has issued a statement refuting the claims. The incident occurred during a protest in Ughelli North LGA on February 14, 2024, where false accusations were made against policemen and members of a local hunters’ group.

According to the command, the events leading to the protest began on February 13, 2024, when a police surveillance team intercepted a white GLK Benz without plate numbers during a routine patrol. The occupants failed to provide satisfactory explanations regarding their identities and the ownership of the vehicle. Subsequently, they refused to cooperate for further investigation and called for reinforcements, leading to an altercation with the police.

Despite attempts by the police to resolve the situation peacefully, the confrontation escalated when a group of individuals, led by one Jeffery Augustine, mobilized local youths to attack the officers. During the altercation, one police officer sustained serious injuries and is currently undergoing medical treatment.

The Delta State Police Command has taken swift action in response to the incident, arresting ten suspects believed to be involved in the attack. These individuals will face charges upon completion of the investigation.

In light of these events, Commissioner of Police CP Abaniwonda Olufemi psc has urged the public to support law enforcement efforts and cautioned against resisting arrest or assaulting police officers while they carry out their duties. He emphasized the importance of expressing grievances through lawful channels and discouraged violence as a means of protest.

The Delta State Police Command remains committed to upholding the law and ensuring the safety and security of all residents. They have called for cooperation from the community in their ongoing efforts to maintain peace and order in the region.

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