The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 6, Calabar, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, has chided politicians in Rivers State for failing to comply with the “Peace Accord” they entered into with the police to ensure peace, security and safety of lives during and after the general elections in the state.
He also said he has temporarily relocated to Port Harcourt to enforce the peace accord and ensure that there were no more politically-motivated violence in the state.
Ogunsakin spoke on Monday in Port Harcourt while briefing journalists on investigations into the disruption of All Progressives Congress (APC) rally in Okirika Local Government Area of the state.
He said it was unfortunate that political actors who signed the peace accord had failed to comply with it.
His words; “On February 4, 2015, I had a meeting with all political parties and stakeholders in Rivers State during which I stated that I have a mandate from the Inspector General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, to ensure that electioneering activities are conducted under a peaceful and hitch-free environment.
“To this effect, I emphasised during the meeting that political parties must effectively accommodate the interest of all without undermining the fundamental human rights of the citizens and without also compromising the peace, order, security and safety of lives and property in Rivers State.
“It is important to state that in the course of the meeting with all the political parties and stakeholders, aspirants and other political actors signed a ‘Peace Accord’, which was committal in nature to the effect that all political actors will among other things eschew all forms of electoral violence.
“Unfortunately, it has become apparent that the political actors who were present at the said stakeholders meeting are not complying with the ‘peace accord’.”
He noted that it was agreed that in the event of violation of the content of the peace accord, the police would not hesitate to visit any the person(s) or party (ies) concerned with the full wrath of the law.
“It is on the strength of this that I am temporarily relocating to Port Harcourt,” he said, adding that, “I shall not condone any act that will disrupt peace and order in any of the states under my control, especially Rivers.”
Ogunsakin also disclosed that he had met with politicians, religious leaders and key stakeholders in Okrika and Ogu/Bolo Local Government Areas where he re-iterated his commitment to ensuring zero tolerance to crime and violence.
“I have warned them to advise their loved ones against being used by politicians to carry out any form of political violence as I have ordered a heavy clamp down on any person(s) or group(s) that will disrupt the peace in Rivers State before, during and after the general elections,” he said.
He said his office has commenced a detailed investigation into the incident that took place during the APC rally in Okrika while investigations into the case of attack and attempt on Rivers PDP convoy at Abua in Abua/Odual Local Government Area were being concluded.
“I shall leave no stone unturned in a bid to ensuring that the perpetrators of the dastardly act are fished out and made to face the wrath of the law,” he said.