By Kemi Kasumu with Agency reports
Mr. Mohammed Alkali, a deputy superintendent of Police (DSP) killed on Saturday in Rivers State, while on election duty, was buried in Bosso, Niger State, on Monday.
This was as Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, following declaration by INEC of two PDP senators emerging victorious at the elections, staged a victory march praising Rivers people for their courage in what he described as “in the face of invading murderous security agencies who killed, maimed and stole ballot boxes in their bid to subvert the will of the people.”
Governor Wike, who did not make single comment about how political thugs in his state ambushed, killed and beheaded security officers including DSP Mohammed Alkali, on their legitimate duty to protect electorates during voting against violent activities of the thugs, could only say that “the ultimate sacrifice made by the Rivers people brutally murdered by the Nigerian Army and SARS personnel was for the defence of the collective interest of the state, because they refused to be conquered by the invaders.”
Alkali was killed along with some of his colleagues in the violence that characterised the rerun elections to fill vacant legislative seats in Wike’s Rivers.
The DEFENDER gathered that the corpse, which arrived Minna at about 1.30 p.m., was received by the deceased’s father, Alhaji Yakubu Alkali, a retired Commissioner of Police, family members and many sympathisers.
The funeral rites were witnessed by top government officials, which included Alhaji Zubairu Muazu, Commissioner of Police in Niger.
The deceased is survived by his parents, one wife and three children.
Alkali Mohammed, a DSP with Mobile Police Unit 48, and his orderly were killed by hoodlums on Saturday at Ujju community near Omoku in Ogba/Edema/Ndoni council area, during the rerun elections in Rivers state.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) the newly-created Six Division of the Army in Port Harcourt, Maj.-Gen. Kasimu Abdulkarim said the hoodlums snatched the police patrol vehicle and weapons.
Three policemen escaped, but five were still “missing in action” in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers, where the state’s Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Felix Obuah, hails from, said Abdulkarim.