Rivers arrest two over cultism, ban commericial motorcycles

The Rivers State Police Command on Sunday arrested two persons in connection with the cult-related clashes that led to the death of about 15 people in Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of the state.

 

Ahmed Muhammed, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, in a short message service (SMS) to newsmen in Port Harcourt Sunday afternoon, said the suspects were currently being interrogated.

He gave the names of the suspects as Chimezie Ordu and Okwudili Wordu, who are now in the custody of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID).

“Sequel to my response on the last night incident at Omoku, the Command have arrested the duo of Chimezie Ordu and Ikwudili Wordu.

”They are now undergoing interrogation at the State CID,” the SMS read in part.

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Meanwhile, the State Goverment has banned the operation of commercial motorcyclists in four local government councils of the state.

This is contained in a  statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakudu.

Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State

Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State

The statement quotes Gov. Nyesom Wike as giving the directive on Sunday afternoon, asking security agencies to enforce the ban which should be immediately and indefinite.

Wike regrets any inconveniences the ban will cause residents, businesses and commercial motorcyclists in these local government areas.

The state government, however, did not give reasons for the ban on commercial motorcycle operators

However, the ban might not be unconnected with heightened insecurity in the four LGAs that has led to huge losses in lives and property in the local councils Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni and three other local government areas in the state for security reasons.

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According to the statement, other local government areas affected by the ban, is effective  between 5.00 pm and 8.00 am daily, are Abua/Odual,  Ahoada-East and  Ahoada-West.

Many people have lost their lives in these local governments in politically motivated cult related attacks.

 

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