DPO redeployed over ownership of illegal refinery in Rivers

DPO redeployed over ownership of illegal refinery in Rivers

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A Divisional Police officer, DPO who was said to own an illegal refinery in Rivers State has been redeployed.

It happened barely 24 hours after the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Audi who decried the allegations as not being in tandem with his vision for the Corps, announced the disbandment of the Rivers State anti-vandal unit of the NSCDC.

He also ordered the suspension of the head of the team, pending the outcome of an independent enquiry into the allegations against the DPO who has been “immediately redeployed”.

Last week, Governor Nyesom Wike of River State, accused the anti-vandal unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and demanded the deployment of the DPO in charge of a division in a Community called Rumuji in the Emohua Local Government Area of the State for providing cover to illegal refiners.

The Nigeria police confirmed the redeployment of the police personnel on Sunday in a statement signed by DSP Grace Iringe-Koko, the acting spokesperson of Rivers State police Command.

She said the police Command has set up a panel headed by an assistant commissioner of police to investigate the allegations leveled against the unnamed police officer.

The statement assured that the outcome of the investigation will be made public and the officer will be punished appropriately if the allegations are confirmed.

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The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Eboka Friday, reaffirmed the commitment of the command to support the Rivers State government in its war against illegal oil bunkering.

It also assured the public that the police Command under his watch, will not spare any indicted person irrespective of whose ass is gored.

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