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Activist to police: Go after politicians and traditional leaders that support crime

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Charles Jaja, a human rights activist based in Port Harcourt, has recommended the Rivers State Police Command to pursue politicians and traditional leaders who aid and promote criminals in their communities.

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Jaja made the call on Monday during a one-man protest and condolence visit to the state Command Headquarters on Moscow Road in Port Harcourt in response to the heinous murder of Ahoada Divisional Police Officer, Superintendent of Police, Bako Angbashim, on Friday.

According to the activist, records have proven that various crimes are linked to politicians and traditional leaders who fund them throughout the state.

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“I feel pained because when things like this happen, police are left alone to suffer the pain, but people don’t realize that police have flesh and blood and water running through them,” Jaja added.

“What I mean is that there are politicians who support these gangs.”

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“There are traditional leaders in society who cover them up.”

“Police must go above and beyond to ensure that those responsible for this act are brought to justice.”

Jaja recalled the accomplishments and sanity that late Senator Angbashim gave to the Rivers South East Senatorial District, especially Opobo/Nkoro.

He expressed his condolences to the Nigerian Police and the deceased’s family.

In his response, Nwonyi Emeka, the state Commissioner of Police, stated that the killing of SP Angbashim serves as a warning to the federal and state governments that society must be free of crime.

The CP revealed that Angbashim was duped by the cultists, who asked for amnesty.

He said that the DPO was duped and ambushed by the offenders.

“It’s a rallying cry for the nation and Rivers State.” It is a wake-up call to the 21st century against cruel crimes.

“A man who is not a criminal; his only crime to them was that he came to sanitize society – that they should stop killing, kidnapping, and destroying people’s property.”

“What pained me the most was the idea of him believing – like he kept saying that those people said they were ready to surrender their guns and surrender for amnesty, and he played to the gallery, only for them to lure him into an onslaught,” the CP continued.

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