The Rivers State Police Command has made revelations on why security agencies rained bullets at a support rally held for United States president Donald Trump on 20th January 2017, killing 11 and wounding scores. The event was organized by secessionist group IPOB (Indigenous People of Biafra) during the inauguration date of the new US president.
According to Ahmed Magaji, deputy commissioner for Police in Rivers State during the weekend,
“It is indeed saddening to note that before embarking on the illegal protest march, there was no official communication to the command, which in itself is reprehensible, condemnable and unfortunate.
“The police, as an agency of government, have the statutory responsibility to protect life and property at any time, which was what we practically and professionally did yesterday (Friday) to forestall what would have been a total carnage in the state.
“However, it should be noted that men of the command deployed for the operation were professional and used minimum force in containing the protesters. Note that no casualty was recorded, no death was recorded.
“About 65 of them were arrested at different points within the metropolis, being suspected members of IPOB. Items recovered from them include some flags bearing the inscription of IPOB and other incriminating items.
“The suspects arrested have made useful statements to the police and investigation is ongoing. Further developments will be communicated in due course.”
Recall that IPOB said it wrote to the inspector-general of Police as well as Rivers’ commissioner for Police before embarking on the rally.