The attention of the Rivers State Police Command has been drawn to a viral publication circulating on social media and online platforms. The publication alleges that three officers of the command, who were arrested for abducting and extorting two young men, are walking freely without facing prosecution. This information was based on a post on X (formerly Twitter) by Delta State House of Assembly Labour Party candidate Harrison Gwamnishu.
The Rivers Police Command in a statement by its Public Relations Officer,SP Grace Iringe Koko on Friday 2,February,2024 said the allegation is false, malicious, and misleading.
SP Koko said “the officers in question, namely ASP Doubara Edonyabo, ASP Talent Mungo, and Inspector Odey Michael, are currently in detention at the Rivers State Criminal Investigation Department and are undergoing the standard disciplinary process of the Police.
“Furthermore, the accused officers participated in an identification parade held at the State Criminal Investigation Department on February 2, 2024, in connection with another complaint against them.We urge the general public to disregard the publication, as we will provide updates on the outcome of the disciplinary committee in due course.
“The Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, strongly condemns false reporting and emphasizes the need for responsible journalism. He calls on media organizations and personnel to act professionally and provide accurate information, as the public relies on them for factual news.
“It is important to note that the person who tweeted, as expected of a reasonable reporter, failed to obtain the reaction of the Police Public Relations Officer. The Commissioner of Police demands responsible reportage to ensure the public is not misled”.