Rivers State Security Council has called for calm following overnight attacks on police personnel in the state.
Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, who presided over an emergency meeting of the Security Council at the Government House, Port Harcourt, condemned the attacks by unidentified armed assailants on some police formations.
The governor reiterated that no amount of intimidation or barbaric attacks would make the state succumb to secessionist agenda of those who are bent on plunging Nigeria into another unwarranted crisis.
He expressed condolences to the families of the policemen and the Rivers State Police Command.
He said: “On behalf of the Government of Rivers State, I wish to offer our heartfelt condolences and express our deep sadness in the wake of these horrific attacks.”
Governor Wike urged residents of Rivers State to be calm, as the Security Council has taken measures to secure the state. He further enjoined them to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement or persons to security agents.
The Rivers State Police Command says it has begun a search for eight AK47 rifles, stolen by gunmen that killed seven of its operatives at the weekend.
The state police spokesman, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, revealed that the state commissioner of police, Eboka Friday, had deployed a special tactical team to locate the hideouts of the fleeing gunmen and retrieve the rifles.
In a statement made available to newsmen, Omoni said the team is combing the waterfronts and forests surrounding Port Harcourt and the border communities for the gunmen.
A situation report showed that eight rifles were snatched from victims of the attack, which occurred at two police checkpoints and two divisional headquarters.