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Army silent as NRM demands release of ex-Rivers gov candidate

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The National Rescue Movement in Rivers States has demanded the immediate release of its 2023 governorship candidate, Amb. Sobomabo Jackrich.

Jackrich, who was forcefully arrested at his residence in Degema, Degema Local Government Area of the state by men reportedly dressed in military uniform on Monday.

It was also reported that two people, believed to be his boys were killed by the military men during the arrest.

The Rivers State Police Command in a statement on Monday by its Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the arrest was carried out by a sister security agency.

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This demand for his release is coming as the Nigerian Army has remained silent, following the suspicions that Jackrich was arrested by men of Nigerian Army.

The Chairman of NRM in the state, Ibiyekaribo Peters, in a press briefing in Portharcourt stated that the party is unwavering in its commitment to justice and equity, calling on key authorities, including Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, and Director General of DSS, Yusuf Bichi, to intervene urgently and ensure the safe release of their leader, unharmed.

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He, alongside party executives, demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Jackrich and all unlawfully detained individuals and called on security agencies involved to de-escalate tension and also vacate the besieged compound of their leader.

Peter said “The Nigeria security force and their sister security agencies involved in this should de-escalate the tension and vacate the compound of our leader and offer an explanation for the horrendous attack, detention, and extra-judicial killing.

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“The Nigerian police should facilitate the release of the diseased aides for proper burial and closure with their families”, he added.

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