By Tom Amakri, Port Harcourt
General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the newly-created 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Maj.-Gen. Kasimu Abdulkarim on Sunday displayed the AK-47 rifle and uniforms of a police officer, Mohammed Alkali, and his orderly, Sgt. Urukwu Nwachukwu killed during the rerun legislative poll in the state.
Alkali and Nwachukwu were beheaded during the December 10 bloody legislative rerun in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of the state, where the Rivers Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Felix Obuah, hails from.
The GOC also talked tough on the clean-up operation in the crude oil and gas-rich council where he said innocent persons were being killed on a daily basis by militants and cultists, with workers of oil companies and others apprehensive and relocating from the area.
He added that while adequate security would also be ensured in other parts of Rivers, declaring that the trend of violence in the state could not be left unchecked.
Maj.-Gen. Abdulkarim stated this at the event that also saw the force parading one of the suspects, while others had earlier been handed over to the police for prosecution.
“Four of the suspected criminals’ camps located across the river in Ujju Town near Omoku (the headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA) were raided on December 31, 2016. In the raid operations, 6 Division troops, in conjunction with Operation Delta Safe Special Boat Service and air component, engaged the suspected criminals in severe exchange of fire, in which they were dislodged.
“This led to the arrest of suspects. Ammunition, uniforms and weapons were recovered. The late DSP Mohammed Alkali with his orderly, Sgt. Urukwu Nwachukwu’s AK-47 rifle and uniforms, as evidenced in the name tags, were also recovered.
“The large cache of ammunition and weapons recovered in the operation numbered one AK-47 rifle, two G3 rifles, five double-barrel guns, two pistols, 31 empty AK-47 magazines, 242 rounds of 7.62 mm NATO and 322 rounds of other ammunition calibre. Other items recovered include 31 handsets, bullet-proof jackets, Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards, first aid box and seven police uniforms.
“In the last one month, fifteen people were horrifically murdered, with many others kidnapped in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA of Rivers State. Those killed include a soldier, four personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), two police personnel and eight civilians. The gunmen also took away ammunition, vehicles and weapons.