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  • Updated: June 25, 2024

Rivers police declare ex-militant leader Gabriel Asabuja wanted

Rivers police declare ex-militant leader Gabriel Asabuja wan

The Rivers State Police Command has declared Gabriel 'General' Asabuja, former Niger Delta militant leader, wanted.

This follows the release of a viral video in which Asabuja made threatening statements amidst ongoing unrest in the state's local government councils.

Tunji Disu, the Commissioner of Police for Rivers State, addressed the situation during an appearance on Channels Television's program "Politics Today" on Tuesday.

He emphasized the seriousness of the threats issued by Asabuja in the video, noting the widespread alarm it has caused.

“That video caused a lot of panic in the state and raised significant concerns even beyond our borders,” Disu remarked.

“We are taking this very seriously and have already initiated actions to address the situation. We are confident that we will apprehend him at the right time, as we have successfully dealt with similar cases in the past.”

The declaration comes amidst heightened tensions and security challenges within the state, particularly related to the stability of local government councils.

“You cannot prepare a video and start firing and threatening people not to move around and do what they are expected to do in town and expect the police will fold their hands.

“We are working towards it. We have invited him and he does not want to come but we will do what we want to do. We are looking out for him. He is wanted. That is correct.”

The state Governor, Sim Fubara, and former local government chairmen have been at each others’ necks following the end of their tenure.

Fubara had refused to elongate the tenure of the former chairmen and instead had sworn in new caretaker chairmen.

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