Police arrest 16 suspected killers of female police inspector in Rivers

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The late Inspector Christiana Erekere.

The Police Command in Rivers State has arrested sixteen persons in connection with the murder of a female police inspector, Christiana Erekere.

The spokesperson of the command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, who announced this in a statement, said a group of individuals in a private vehicle stoned the officer to death.

Iringe-Koko said: “Erekere was killed in the line of duty last Thursday in front of Taabaa Police Station in Khanna Local Government Area of the state.

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“According to preliminary investigations, the incident occurred when a group of individuals travelling in a Lexus salon car were stopped for routine checks at the checkpoint in front of Taabaa Police Station.

“However, the occupants became agitated and proceeded to barricade the road, obstructing the movement of other vehicles.

“After completing the necessary checks, the police officers requested that the individuals leave the scene.

“Unfortunately, they refused, alleging that the late Inspector Erekere had recorded a video of their disruptive behaviour using her mobile phone.

“In their attempt to seize Inspector Erekere’s phone forcefully, they launched a violent attack against her, striking her with stones.

“The severity of the assault caused Inspector Erekere to lose consciousness, and she was immediately transported to Nnadum Hospital in Bori.

“Regrettably, she succumbed to the injuries which she sustained during the attack.

“The Rivers State Police Command has initiated a thorough investigation into this abhorrent incident, and all individuals involved will be apprehended and brought to justice.

“The Command extends its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased colleague during this difficult time.

“Inspector Erekere’s remains have been transferred to the mortuary pending an autopsy.

“The Rivers State Police Command deeply regrets this unfortunate incident and reaffirms its commitment to ensuring that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are swiftly apprehended and held accountable for their actions.”

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