Police Describe The Protest In Ughelli As Misleading And False

The Delta State Police Command has described the protest in Ughelli as misleading and false.

According to a press release signed by the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP. Edafe Bright said that the Command is aware of the “arranged protest” at Ughelli North LGA on Wednesday, 14th February 2024, stating falsely that Policemen alongside some members of the hunters’ group were involved in Kidnapping.

The statement read, “The allegations are false, mischievous, and misleading. For the benefit of the doubt and for members of the public to be informed of the true situation, the Command wishes to state as follows.

“On 13/2/2024 at about 1715 hours, while the Police surveillance team attached to Ughelli Area Command was on surveillance patrol, they intercepted a white GLK Benz without plate numbers. The police in their curiosity asked the occupants to reveal their identities and establish ownership of the vehicle, the suspects could not give any reasonable and satisfactory explanation and were asked to come along with them for further investigation.

“The suspects declined and called one Edirin Ogogorode who came with a car and blocked the Police. However, the police subdued them and took the suspects to the police station.

“On returning to recover the GLK which at that time was suspected to be a stolen vehicle, one Jeffery Augustine mobilized youths of the community in their numbers and attacked the Policemen during which one of the officers was seriously injured and is still receiving treatment at the hospital.

“A total of ten suspects were arrested and will be charged to court upon completion of the investigation.

Edafe however said that the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Abaniwonda Olufemi has advised members of the Public to always support the Police noting that resisting arrest or assaulting Policemen while performing their lawful duties will not be tolerated by the command under his watch.

He also admonished the youths of Delta State not to be misled, highlighting that protest is not the best way to express their grievances and that they should resist any urge to embark on violence while also admonishing them to be always law-abiding.

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