Rivers Crisis: Police Declare Ex-Niger Delta Militant Leader Wanted

The Rivers State Police Command has declared a former Niger Delta militant leader, Gabriel ‘General’ Asabuja, wanted following his alleged provocative statements in a viral video amidst the ongoing crisis in the state.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police in the State, CP Olatunji Disu, on Tuesday night when he appeared on Channel Television’s ‘Politics Today’.

Disu, who condemned Asabuja’s actions, emphasised the panic and concern generated by his threats in the state and beyond.

He assured the public that law enforcement agencies have initiated actions to apprehend the former militant leader and stressed the seriousness with which such threats are being handled by the Command.

The Police Commissioner reiterated that Asabuja’s defiance in response to previous police invitations will not deter efforts to bring him to justice.

Meanwhile, the Rivers State government has identified the prime suspect in the explosion that occurred during a protest in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, which claimed one life.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Adaeze Oreh, gave an update on the whereabouts of the prime suspect while addressing journalists at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) Port Harcourt,

Oreh stated that the suspect was brought in by few individuals, who presented him as accident victim at the Accident and Emergency Ward of the hospital, but upon examination, the doctors discovered that his injuries resembled that of a blast and alerted the authorities.

 “The Commissioner of Police have been alerted and investigations have begun. Like I said, the suspect was brought in unconscious but he has been stabilised and recovering at the ICU.

“The place has been secured by the police and proper investigation would be carried out by the police,” he said.

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Rita Elenwo

Rita Aletor- Elenwo, is a professional journalist with experience in broadcast, print and online reporting. A proud citizen of Edo state, Nigeria (Esan South East Local Government) Rita had her first degree in philosophy from Ebonyi State University (2008), PGD, in Communication from the University of Port Harcourt (2020), and currently in pursuit of an MSC degree in communication. Rita (nee Aletor-) is happily married with lovely children.

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