Police: No Gunshots Fired at Amaechi, Warn Mischief Makers


Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

The police in Rivers State have said no gunshots were fired at the convoy of Governor Chibuike Amaechi as claimed by his aides.

This came as the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 6, Calabar, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, has warned that his men would not spare anyone trying to foment trouble during and after the elections.

The governor’s media aides had on Thursday evening issued a release stating that gun shots were fired at Amaechi while he was on a door-to-door campaign at Rumuolumeni in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the State.

But in a press release issued in Port Harcourt on Saturday, the police said it was actually Amaechi’s security that shot into the air.

The release, signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Ahmad Muhammad, said: “The Rivers State Police Command wishes to react to the news that went viral on both normal and social media quoting David Iyofor, Chief Press Secretary to Rivers State Governor to the effect that gun shots were fired at the convoy of his principal at Rumuolumeni, Obio/Akpor Local Government.

“To put the records straight, after a successful and peaceful rally under the close watch of policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer of the area, shots were indiscriminately fired from the convoy of the Governor for reasons best known to them, as against the wispy claim of David Iyofor. No shots were fired at the convoy of the Governor.

“The false alarm which is the usual penchant of the State Government may not be unconnected with the bogus claim of assassination attempt by his principal that is to just whip up public sympathy.

“The Command urges politicians to refrain from whipping sentiments by toying with security issues to create needless public panic, where there is none, please.”


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