Rivers State Police Command has distanced itself from the allegation that it brought the pro-Biafran protesters it arraigned before the Magistrate’s Court half naked.
This came as the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB expressed determination to realise it ‘s secession dream without violence.
The River’s Police command dismissed the statement and the pictures published by some online media as malicious and deceitful, adding that the force cannot malhandle suspects.This was contained in a press statement issued, weekend, and signed by the Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Ahmad Muhammad who said the police did not bring the suspects to the court naked. He said the police force is an institution that has respect for humanity, adding that the Rivers State Police Command is a responsible agency that had never at any time paraded suspects in such a dehumanizing scene let alone doing so before a court of law .
The statement read in part: “It is instructive to state categorically that the pictures displayed along the news item did not emanate from the command that is known for the respect for the dignity of suspects. A close look at the horrible pictures indicated the people therein are more than ten as against the number stated in the news item.”
The command, Wednesday last week, arraigned ten Pro-Biafra protesters before Magistrate courts Seven and Fourteen in Port Harcourt on two charges of criminal conspiracy and treasonable felony.