FROM Preye Thomas in Port Harcourt

▪Demand  immediate transfer of the  alleged masterminds  of Police
brutality and killings, Steven Hasso and Akin Fakorede
Thousands  of  Rivers people led by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  took
to the streets on Thursday  to protest the mass killings by  the
Police and other security agencies during the December 10 rerun
The peaceful protest  march took off from Government House, Port
Harcourt at 8am, moved through Azikiwe Street and Bank Road before
terminating  at the Rivers State Police Command headquarters on Moscow
Aside Governor Wike, Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Speaker
Dabo Adams, Former Minister of Transport, Dr Abiye Sekibo, Former UBA
Chairman, Chief Ferdinand Alabrabra, Former Deputy Governor Tele Ikuru
and  Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah joined the march.
Also on the  march, were Commissioners, State Legislators, Caretaker
Committee Chairmen , women and youths.
Governor Wike  and the other leaders waited patiently  for close to 30
minutes before the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Cyril Okoro came
out. Even then, he spoke through the gate.
Addressing  the  Police, Governor Wike said that the people of Rivers
State  were at the Police Command  to inform the authorities  that
they were tired  of the killings of innocent people  in the state by
the police and  other security operatives.
He noted that  the people and Government of the state  were
particularly  dissatisfied  with the recklessness  of  two Senior
Policemen, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of
Operations, Steven Hasso  and the Commander of Special Anti-Robbery
Squad, Mr Akin Fakorede who led the sponsored onslaught  against the
people of Rivers State and compromised  the security architecture of
the state.
He said: “On behalf of the Rivers State Government and the good
people of the state, we have to let the police know that enough is
“We demand that the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of
Operations, Steven Hasso and the Commander of Special Anti-Robbery
Squad  ( SARS) Akin Fakorede must leave  the state.
“Since you don’t want to protect the state and you want to be
politicians, you have gotten the votes you want to get, you have also
gotten the seats you want to get, you can now leave  the state.”
Governor Wike  further stated: “If they don’t leave  the state, then
we will  do all we can to ensure they leave  this state. They must
leave  this state. They have killed innocent people.
“We have come here peacefully, communicate this to your superiors in
Abuja. I cannot write again, since I have done that repeatedly.
Please, I don’t want my people to die anymore.  I don’t want armed
robbers posted as senior police officers to Rivers State”.
He noted that  the Police High Command  has refused to act despite the
overwhelming evidence against  the duo, especially  the video footage
that showed Akin Fakorede and other security operatives trying to
snatch  results of the Rivers East Senatorial District.
The governor  said the situation where security  officials have
transformed  into politicians in uniform is quite unfortunate.
In his response, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyril Okoro assured
the governor that the Rivers State Police Command  will pass the
message  to the Police High Command  for  necessary action.