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The Rivers State Police Command has issued a stern warning to all parties involved in the political turmoil within the state to refrain from actions that could escalate tensions and disrupt peace.

In a statement released in Port Harcourt, the state’s capital, spokesperson Grace Iringe-Koko, a Superintendent of Police, emphasized the command’s commitment to maintaining order and preventing any attempts to disturb the prevailing peace.

The statement highlighted the command’s awareness of recent statements made by politicians that have the potential to incite violence, urging them to exercise caution and responsibility in their remarks.

The statement read, “The Rivers State Police Command is fully aware of the numerous political statements and sentiments that have been circulating within the state.

“In the light of these developments, we would like to inform the general public and the esteemed people of Rivers State of the following:

“The Nigeria Police Force is the statutory and constitutional authority entrusted with the responsibilities of enforcing laws and orders, as well as protecting lives and properties, among others.

“The Rivers State Police Command, as an integral part of the Nigeria Police Force, is firmly committed to upholding and enforcing all laws and orders within the state.”

The statement added that the command would not “stand idle and allow any individual or group to disrupt the existing peace in the state under any guise or pretext.

“The Rivers State Police Command will not hesitate to take decisive action against any person or group of persons found to be in violation of the laws and orders of the state.”

The command “implored members of the public to maintain peace and abide by the laws of the land.” and urged those involved in the ongoing political unrest “to seek peaceful/lawful means to address your grievances.”

“Be assured that the command remains neutral and apolitical in all matters pertaining to the current political situation,” the statement read.

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