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Rivers Crisis: Police declare ex-militant leader wanted


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Rivers State police command have declared a former Niger Delta militant leader Gabriel ‘General’ Asabuja wanted.

Asabuja was declared wanted following his alleged provocative statements in a viral video amidst the ongoing political face-off in the State.

Mr Tunji Disu, Rivers State Commissioner of police disclosed this on Monday when he appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

The police commissioner who condemned Asabuja’s statement said, “That video caused a lot of panic in the state. It gives a lot of concern to everybody even out of the state. I want to assure you that we are not going to take kindly to that. We have put actions in motion. We would get him at the appropriate time. We have gotten a lot of people of his kind.

“You cannot prepare a video and start firing and threatening people not to move around and do what they are expected to do in town and expect the police will fold their hands. We are working towards it. We have invited him and he does not want to come but we will do what we want to do. We are looking out for him.”

“He is wanted. That is correct,” the Rivers State Commissioner said on the current affairs show.

He assured the general public that law enforcement agencies have initiated actions to nab the former militant leader, stressing the seriousness with which such threats were being handled.

The Police Chief reiterated that Asabuja’s defiance in response to previous police invitations will not deter efforts to bring him to justice.

Recall that Rivers State has been enmeshed in crisis following the bad blood between governor Sim Fubara and his predecessor Nyesom Wike who is the current Minister of the federal capital territory.

The latest in the trend is the crisis over the leadership of local government councils. The tenure of the chairpersons, their deputies, and councilors ended earlier in the month, prompting governor Fubara to swear in a caretaker committee.

That move did not go down well with Wike’s loyalists who claim the governor’s action was wrong. There have been protests, claims, and counter-claims since then.

However, police authorities in the state have warned against violence, saying they are ready to deal with anyone who foments trouble in the state.



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