Update: Policeman killed, journalist, others injured at Okirika APC rally shootings

The Rivers State Police command has confirmed the killing of a policeman during the shootings which disrupted the All Progressives Congress rally in Okirika home of Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

The command’s spokesperson, Ahmad Muhammad, in a statement on Tuesday said gunmen opened fire at the Okirika National School, venue of the APC rally.

During the sporadic shootings, he said a policeman drafted to secure the venue of the rally was killed while many other people were injured including a Channels Television reporter.

“The Rivers State Police Command wishes to confirm that at about 1430 hours, at National School Field, Okrika, All Progressives Congress gubernatorial rally arena was disrupted with sporadic shootings from a far distance by unknown and unpatriotic elements,” Mr. Muhammad said.

“It took the instantaneous efforts by policemen massively deployed to secure the arena to repel the assailants and save the situation.

“Preliminary details indicated a policeman engaged in the operation lost his life and three others got injured from a stray bullets and a journalist was also stabbed.”

The police, however, insisted that nothing happened to any of the APC stalwarts as they were safely evacuated by the police.

Mr. Muhammad further noted that the area is now calm while discreet investigation into the shootings has in earnest commenced.

While the command is determined to discharge its constitutional duty of protecting life and property, Mr. Muhammad advised the citizens of the state to be law abiding eschew violence in all its ramifications before, during and after general elections.

“The Command is determined to enforce law and order, provide adequate security for all political parties and ensure that the full wrath of the law is visited on any person(s) who dare and wish to test our capability,” he said.


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  • amazing2012

    Detonation of bomb in Bayelsa mean is not only Boko that has or is using explosive in the country. PDP/JONATHAN are the Boko, terrorizing innocent souls !!

  • justme

    Am wondering whom they will put this blame on now!!..APC what will u guys come up with this time??,who shot at ur rally?,lets hear u all out!

    • Wetin Naija

      of course PDP. Remember the warning from one of the militant groups that APC is not welcomed to campaign in Niger Delta or there will be blood

  • Arabakpura

    Where is mr Mbu? A policeman has been killed in your master’s village. What will you do now?

    • burning spear

      what has Mbu got to do with that rubbish——What about the president who is often attacked in the fulani north

    • GORTA

      i wonder o! he should go now and shoot 20 PDP thugs if dem born him Papa well.
      but them when he said he will kill 20 people for one policeman, he meant 20 APC supporters not PDP

      • Arabakpura

        Well… i wanted to give him twenty names that he can start with; No1 Dame Patience Jonathan, No2 Patience Faka, No3 Dr Faka Patience, No4 Chief Mrs Jonathan, No5 Dr Patience Goodluck, No 6 Ipalebo Faka, No7 Ebelemi Patience, No 8 Goodluck Patience, No 8 Ebelemi Faka, No9 Dame Dr Patience Faka Jonathan, No 10 Joseph Mbu. Let’s leave other ten until Mbu has finished with these.

  • burning spear

    Boko Haram Members Protecting Buhari In Borno.

    The only change the Nigerian first Islamic Party, the APC can offer to Nigeria is Violence. Yesterday, members of the Islamist terror group Boko haram delegated their foot soldiers to Buhari’s campaign ground.

    Muhammadu Buhari is a strong supporter of the terrorist group, who has several times warned the Nigerian military to stop killing members of the terror group.

    • Kingsley

      I beg shut up if u dont have facts to back up ur statement

    • 100%9jaPikin

      The foot soldier you mentioned are the galant ordinary men that took up arms, clubs and cutlasses to defend their mother, wife, daughters, sons and their homes, when the soldier fled, they don’t flee, when the police disappointed them by disappearing. They die fighting. Even while Mr President don’t see anything wrong that Nigeria is loosing thousands of lives lands to BH. They are the one fighting BH actively with the primitive fighting tools they have. Stop insulting people that deserve commendations.

    • 100%9jaPikin

      The foot soldier you mentioned are the galant ordinary men that took up arms, clubs and cutlasses to defend their mother, wife, daughters, sons and their homes, when the soldier fled, they don’t flee, when the police disappointed them by disappearing. They die fighting. Even while Mr President don’t see anything wrong that Nigeria is loosing thousands of lives and lands to BH. They are the one fighting BH actively with the primitive fighting tools they have. Stop insulting people that deserve commendations.
      The HQ in Abuja withdraw security for GMB while he was in BH enclaves, (not minding he’s a statesman, it’s our duty to protect our statesmen) They are the one that improvised the security until HQ Abuja give go ahead for army security again. Stop distorting fact to suit your personal goals

  • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

    We are waiting to hear what GEJ will say. Like any one of us – fair minded people, he condemned what happened in Katsina and Bauchi but often kept quite when his people does similar things.

  • Richard

    It is unfortunate that a police officer would lose his life just because he was doing his job. I would blame the security agents for this because of their partisanship . Sometimes ago some people were arrested for moving weapons within Rivers state and they were let go by the police when Mba was the commissioner. When civilians are acquiring and moving weapons openly without the security forces arresting the situation. That is a dangerous situation because the same weapons would be used against the security force in the process of discharging their duties.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Why is APC such a violent party? They even shoot themselves!!!

    • Funso

      Ọmọ àlè Orafidiya, you must lack respect for Nigerians. You still went ahead to say this after your party-PDP- and its candidate-Goodluck Jonathan-killed a policeman in Okrika. Ọmọ àlè ni ẹ.

  • Eze1

    GEJ and Mama Peace are on their way to join the Militants in the creek.

  • taiwo

    everyone knows the party of angry and violent people in Nigeria and it is not the PDP,no amount of film acting will spare Amaechi from the looming defeat that awaits him and his candidates in the state.He must be made to realise that he is not the only governor in this country