Monday, 6 May 2013

Rivers State Assembly Cry Out On Assassination Threat on Speaker And House Members

…Alerts on Ensuing Declaration of State of Emergency
Speaker, Rivers Assembly
The Rivers State House of Assembly postponed its legislative sitting slated for Monday, 6th May, 2013 on the basis of insecurity and life threat decried by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Otelemaba Amachree.
In a press release, the Speaker said,  

“Fellow citizens of Rivers State and Nigerians, Two(2) days ago, we warned of the commencement of the planned gradual collapse of security and democratic structures of our state.

In their avowed resolve to destabilize the state, a series of planned protest has been concluded by the Abuja based politicians with the collaboration of some politicians and security agencies in the state with effect from 6th may 2013 as a continuation of the operation storm Rivers.

Consequent upon the above, and as your elected representatives determined to save the democratic structures of the state, lives and properties do state as follows;
1)      That   we are aware of plans to stall the sittings of the house through disruptive and violent acts by 5 members of the house intended to culminate into sporadic shootings and firing of tear gas canisters by security agencies outside the chambers under the guise of maintaining law and order.

2) That we are being inundated with threats of arrests, assassinations and violence of all descriptions on the persons of the Rt. Hon. Speaker and 26 members of the Rivers State House Of Assembly.

3) That the names of the Presidency have been used by these five members of the house in their unguarded utterances and display of intimidation.

4) Therefore the scheduled sitting of 6th may, 2013 is hereby postponed, and all citizens of the state are advised to remain calm in the face of these unwarranted provocations.

We condemn in very strong terms these planned war of dangerous attritions and actions to destabilize our dear state and destroy its young democracy. We call on the Inspector General of Police to cause an investigation into these brazen abuses of office and the immediate redeployment of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu out of Rivers State as we no longer have confidence in his ability to carry out his constitutional duties legally.

The speaker had on May 3rd, 2013 alerted the state of a security breach and “the first stage of the preparation of foreseen declaration of state of emergency in the state with the invasion and subsequent sealing-off and besieging of the Obio/Akpor local government council secretariat and the clamp down on officers of the council at exactly 2.00 pm by the Commissioner of Police Rivers State, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, through the instrumentality of the Divisional Police Officer Rumuokoro Police Divisional Headquarters, while the workers were going about their lawful duties, in total breach of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as Amended) and the Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria.”
The speaker also said that the House strongly condemns the action by the Commissioner of Police, adding that “we are living in uncertain times and can no longer be sure of the safety of lives and property in Rivers State.”

Speaking with the Police Public Relations Officer, Ben Ugwuegbulam, on what could have been the reason for the shutting down of the local government, he said, “…the policemen were drafted to forestall a planned attack on the secretariat by some persons. This was a test run of what they intend to do to all democratic structures in the state. Ironically, a request by the House for the deployment of police operatives to guard and protect the assembly complex, earlier approved, were unceremoniously withdrawn by the commissioner of police Rivers State command on 'orders from above.’

As at press time on Friday, 3rd May, the premises of the local government council was barricaded by heavily armed and ferocious looking policemen, the workers ordered out of premises and the Chairman and members of Caretaker Committee were locked in, having refused to vacate the premises without any valid instrument of law.

1 comment:

  1. Action should be strictly taken against the hoodlum/s who claimed to or have displayed their fraternal activities in the hallowed chamber without due respect to the law and constitution of which he had an oath with .Such display was a mess to the society and world at large.He/they need to be suspended for using the mace on a fellow member after such steps then other decisions can be effected.


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