CP Order The Detention Of Police Officers Accused Of Shooting The Idjerhe Vigilante Boss, Two Others In Delta
The Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Abaniwonda Surajudeen Olufemi has ordered the detention of the policemen who allegedly shot the vigilante commander of Idjerhe Kingdom in Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state.
CP Olufemi, in a statement issued by the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, assured the people of Idjerhe Kingdom that the incident would be thoroughly investigated.
He called on the people of Idjerhe Kingdom, particularly families of the injured victims that the command under his watch would ensure justice in the incident.
The statement titled, “Re-Protest, Anger As Policemen Shoot Idjerhe Kingdom Vigilante Leaders And Two Others: CP Abaniwonda Olufemi Condemns The Act, Orders The Detention Of The Officers Involved, And SCID To Commence A Full-Scale Investigation” was released on Friday.
“The Command is aware of a publication making rounds in some sections of the media of an alleged shooting by Policemen at Idjerhe Kingdom in Ethiope West LGA. The Commissioner of Police Delta State CP Abaniwonda Olufemi has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police State Criminal Investigation Department to commence a full-scale investigation into the incident, and the officers involved have been identified and detained. At the same time, an internal disciplinary action has been initiated.
“The CP wishes to reiterate that it’s not in the character of the Command to trample on the rights of citizens, assault, or use their rifles without recourse to Force Order 237.
“He assures members of the public that the officers concerned will be decisively dealt with by the extant laws as stipulated in the Police Act and regulations to serve as a deterrent to others, noting that under his watch, such conduct by officers of the command will not be tolerated”, the statement read.
CP Olufemi warned officers and men of the command that he would not condone any form of unprofessionalism in discharging their duties as anyone found flouting the Force’s code of conduct would be dealt with.
“He has therefore tasked officers and men to uphold the tenets of professional policing in the discharge of their duties concerning the rights of all citizens in line with the provisions of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) while hoping that the actions taken on the erring officers will serve as a deterrent to others.
“He appealed to members of the public, particularly indigenes of Idjerhe Kingdom, and the families of the injured vigilantes who are currently receiving treatment to remain calm and assure them of justice”, Delta police commissioner added.