But he said nothing about State Commissioner of Police Joseph Mbu who has been fingered for weeks as being behind the growing crisis by acting more like a politician than a policeman.
A statement by police spokesman Frank E. Mba said the probe panel will be led by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Operations, DIG Philemon Leha.
“The IGP assures that the Force will not spare anyone found to have fallen foul of the law, irrespective of placement and status,” it said.
Calling on all citizens to “play by the rules,” it said the force would continue to do everything within its constitutional powers and means, to provide a safe, impartial and conducive atmosphere for legitimate social, political and economic activities to thrive in the State, and will not tolerate any form of lawlessness or acts amounting to threats to public safety and public order.
Sounding more like a pastor than an enforcer of the law, the IGP advised citizens to seek civilized and decent means of resolving their differences, devoid of all forms of violence and confrontation. He said nothing about anyone being arrested so far for their illegal conduct during the crisis.
“The IGP wishes to reiterate that the success of our democracy depends on our collective efforts and contributions. He notes that we must as a people, manage our differences to the advantage of our growing democracy for the good of all,” the statement said.
“The Inspector-General of Police reassures the good people of Rivers State and the general public of the readiness of the Force to at all times ensure the security of the State and implores the citizens not to further heat-up the polity through hateful, inflammatory and unguarded statements/actions but to consciously work towards the enthronement of peace within the State.”
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