Two Security Personnel Killed in Rivers State Local Government Crisis

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In a tragic development amidst the ongoing local government (LG) crisis in Rivers State, two security personnel have been killed. The deaths occurred in Omuma Local Government Area on Tuesday and are reportedly linked to the invasion of the council headquarters at Eberi-Omuma.

The spokesperson for the Rivers State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the incident on Tuesday night. She stated that a policeman and a vigilante operative lost their lives during the crisis. When asked for further details, she indicated that investigations have commenced and more information would be released in due course.

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This incident comes on the heels of heightened political tension in the state. Politics Nigeria previously reported that Governor Siminalayi Fubara convened a security council meeting with heads of security agencies to address the recent political developments. The meeting, held behind closed doors at the Government House in Port Harcourt, focused on strategies to manage the invasions of local government secretariats.

Following the meeting, Governor Fubara briefed the press, stating that the discussions with security heads were centred on measures to contain the unrest at the local government secretariats. Earlier, the governor had directed heads of administration in the 23 local government areas to assume control from the elected council chairmen, whose three-year tenure expired on Monday.

However, 21 of the 23 outgoing LG chairmen have refused to hand over, leading to escalating tensions in the state. The situation remains volatile as authorities work to restore order.

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