Polls: Rivers Politicians Flouting Peace Accord – Police

Dakuku Peterside-Nyesom WikeThe Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 6, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, has accused political leaders in Rivers State of breaking the peace accord facilitated by the police.

Speaking with journalists in Port Harcourt on Monday, Mr. Ogunsakin said that politicians in the state, who were part of the peace accord, deliberately flouted the terms binding the accord.

He also disclosed that he had relocated temporarily to the state, apparently as a result of the upsurge in politically-motivated violence.

Ogunsakin, who is the immediate past commissioner of police, Rivers State, had on February 12, 2015, facilitated a peace accord among politicians from the Peoples Democratic Party, the All Progressives Congress and other political parties.

The governorship candidates of the APC and PDP, Dr. Dakuku Peterside and Chief Nyesom Wike respectively, who are leading contenders for the governorship of the state, had during the meeting, promised to educate their supporters on the need to shun violence before, during and after the coming elections.

But Ogunsakin stated that political actors in the state had refused to follow the dictates of the agreement, describing the development as unfortunate.

The AIG said, “I emphasised during that meeting that political activities must effectively accommodate the interests 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 aforementioned meeting with the political parties and stakeholders and all other political actors signed a peace accord, which was committal in nature to the effect that all political actors would, among other things, eschew all forms of 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.

“It was agreed that in the event of violation of the content of the peace accord, we will not hesitate to visit any of the person concerned with the full wrath of the law”.


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