A major breakthrough has been recorded in the arrest of the gang responsible for the beheading of DSP Mohammed Alkali during the Rivers State rerun election on December 10.
According to Police sources, the high powered investigation team set up by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to investigate the circumstances surrounding the gruesome murder of Alkali apprehended the five suspects, that includes: Noble Nwaerema ‘m’, Dike Deinpiribo ‘m’, Valentine Alalibo ‘m’, Onwunari J. Warmate ‘m’ and Iloke Stephen ‘m’
It was gathered that upon further interrogation of the suspects, it was discovered that they were active members of the group that gruesomely murdered DSP Alkali in cold blood on December 10.
This gang also doubled as political thugs who were part of the group recruited by politicians from Rivers and neighbouring states to scuttle the re-run parliamentary election.
The suspects have confessed to the crime and are co-operating with the Police to recover the severed part of the slain officer.
Investigation is on top gear to rescue the missing orderly to the murdered officer and recover the Police vehicle that was snatched during the incident. The suspects were also found out to be linked to the leader of a major political party in the state.
The Inspector General of Police is hereby soliciting for information, support and cooperation of the good people of Rivers State in apprehending the remaining members of the gang who are more likely to cause further harm to security personnel and innocent citizens.
However, the Police is determined to ensure that gangsterism, cultism and sponsored political assassinations become a thing of the past in Rivers State and Nigeria at large, the Police said.
However, Police Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah confirmed the arrest of five suspected cultists engaged to unleash violence and snatch election materials during the election.
He said the suspects had been brought to Abuja to avoid interference, and that one had confessed to being hired by the House of Representatives member-elect from Asari-Toru/Akuku-Toru federal constituency, Boma Goodhead.
Also, Thursday, Awunah said some Police officers were found culpability during the election.
He said the suspected officers had been arrested, but did not give figures of those detained.
He said the officers were suspected to have been compromised by politicians.
“All of them will be brought to book,” said Awunah when asked if the Police would go as far as arresting the politicians. He said those who have immunity would be spared.
He said the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had been involved in election management in Liberia and East Timor on UN assignment, and “there is no way he will not be able to deal with crisis in Nigeria’s election because those places are tougher”.
He said the IG was determined to bring all culprits to book because the police was the worst hit in the violence.
“We are the only one that suffered casualty gruesomely,” he said. He disclosed that a panel had been set up to investigate all that happened in Rivers during the elections, including the alleged misconducts of officers and the murder of officers.