The Rivers State Commissioner of Police (CP), Emeka Nwonyi, has addressed the cultists who killed the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ahoada, Bako Angbashim, saying the have touched the tiger’s tail and would be fished out by all means.
The CP also said the late DPO played into the hands of his killers by blindly trusting them when they sold a dummy to him.
Speaking during a solidarity protest by a human rights advocate, Charles Jaja, at the headquarters of the state Police Command in Port Harcourt, Nwonyi said the cultists had deceived the late DPO that they were ready to turn in their arms in exchange for amnesty.
Nwonyi: “What pains me most was the idea of him (Angbashim) believing like he kept saying that these people said they were ready to surrender their guns and come out for amnesty.
“And he played to the gallery, only to know in death that these people were rather crafty in their operation and lured him for an onslaught. We gave you (cultists) the opportunity to embrace peace, no personal interest attached than the interest we collectively have to make sure that Rivers State is peaceful.
“If you will not take it, was the option of killing this man the best? He has a family, he has children, and he has a wife. No! You have touched the lion’s tail. Those men must be caught to face the wrath of the law.
“We will be unrepentant until we put crime and criminality to its barest minimum in Rivers State.”
The CP lamented that policemen should not be rewarded with death for the sacrifices they make for the country. “As police officers, if we left our family, our environment, our homes for a state or national duty like this, this is not the best trophy to take home.
“It is a clarion call for Nigeria, for Rivers State. It is wake-up call against the barbaric act. In this 21st century, a man that is not a criminal, that his only call was to come to sanitise society; that you should stop killing your fellow human beings, kidnapping your fellow human beings, destroying people’s property. That was the only crime.”