- Rivers state police command has vowed to clamp down on politicians peddling rumours against SARS
- A member of House of Reps, Chidi Whioka, had alleged that members of FSARS in the state led a gang of hoodlums that attacked factional secretariat
- Nnamdi Omoni, Rivers police spokesperson, said the FSARS never worked for a factional chairman of APC in the state as being alleged
Rivers state police command has said it would henceforth deal decisively with politicians in the state who are blackmailing and peddling unfounded rumours against members of force, especially the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) for any crime committed by people who were alleged to be impersonating FSARS.
According to NAIJ.com regional reporter in Port Harcourt, Tony Ihunwo, the command said the FSARS never accompanied the chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Ojukaiye Amachree, to attack the factional APC secretariat as alleged in various media reports by supporters of Senator Magnus Abe.
The command through its spokesman, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, issued the warning at its headquarters in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, August 14, in reaction to to the allegation made by Chidi Whioka, the member representing Ikwerre/Emohua federal constituency and other members of a faction All Progressives Congress (APC), loyal to Senator Magnus Abe, whose factional secretariat was attacked by hoodlums on Saturday, August 11.
Whioka had alleged that members of of FSARS in the state led the gang of hoodlums that attacked and vandalized the headquarters.
In response to the allegation, the commissioner of police, Zaki Ahmed, has launched an investigation into the allegation to fish out those behind the attack, adding that anybody found to be behind the rumour would be made to face the law.
The police spokesman also absorbed members of of the FSARS from the attack on the secretariat of the factional APC.
"Operators of members of FSARS were never part of the attack and were never in anywhere near vicinity of that secretariat the command is disturbed by the unfounded allegation hence the commissioner of police has launched an investigation in a bid to bring the peddlers of ill-fated rumours to justice.
"We tired of accusations and counter-accusations against FSARS whatever is done by hoodlums it attributed to FSARS. FSARS has has no single hilux van. We are going to come hard on the peddlers of the ill-fated report", Omoni warned.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered an immediate restructuring of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), in order to check the series of atrocities allegedly committed by the unit.
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