#SaveRiversRally: Police Area Command Was 400 Meters Away

The Chairman of Eleme local government area in Rivers State, Oji Ngofa, on Monday alleged that a Police Area Command was 400 meters away from the venue of the Save Rivers Movement (SRM)rally which was marred by violence on Sunday, wondering why officers of the Force did not come to the rescue.

“The venue of the rally was not up to 400 meters from the Bori Area Command but police didn’t do anything and the hoodlums (from wherever they came from) started shooting, chasing people away, damaging property and all that,” he said.

Ngofa whose LG is near to Khana Local Government, where the attack occurred, disclosed that problem started at about 4 AM on Sunday morning when the hoodlums started shooting and then returned when organisers of the rally started setting up.

“There was no way they would say that they didn’t hear the gunshots,” Ngofa said, adding that efforts of the SRM to secure police assistance yielded nothing.

However, the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu told Channels Television via a telephone interview that the group did not invite the Police and also did not request security presence for the rally.

In response, Mr Ngofa said “that is not true” because the same letter written to the Police, seeking security, last week covered two events including Sunday’s rally.

On allegations that the group was trying to stage campaign rallies, Ngofa said the mission of the Movement was to “promote good governance.”

Although the identity of the attackers remains unknown, Ngofa said residents of Khana local government would be able to point out the perpetrators.

Contrary to claims by the State Police Commissioner, Mbu, Mr Ngofa disclosed that the group had made attempts at informing the police of the event beforehand. He added that the lawyer of the group, Ken Asuette went to the Police command on Friday to remind the Force of the rally which was to hold on Sunday.

He further stated that the refusal of the Police to do its job indicates that they are lying and playing games.

“It is a gang up to bring a reign of terror on Rivers people.”

APC Will Protect Interest of Rivers State Citizens- Amaechi

Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has called on the people of Eleme in the Eleme Local Government Area to support the All Progressives Congress (APC), assuring that the party will protect the interest of the state.

Amaechi disclosed this at the weekend during the APC rally and handing over of party flag to party leaders in the local government area of the state.

Governor Amaechi, who spoke through his Deputy, Engr Tele Ikuru assured the people that he will continue to uphold the mandate accorded him through the ballot to the benefit of all Rivers people if the APC is voted into power in 2015.

Amaechi also expressed optimism of effecting constant change until posterity finds a place in Rivers State.

Also speaking, the state interim Chairman of the APC, Davies Elekanyan urged the people of Eleme to muster courage to defend their interest against any form of intimidation and injustice.

Davies also said the APC is capable of returning the oil wells wrongly given to the Bayelsa State Government by the federal government.

In the same vein, the Executive Chairman of Eleme Local Government Council, Hon. Oji Ngofa has assured his people that if they throw their weight behind Governor Amaechi and vote the All Progressives Congress, APC, the positive change in Amaechi’s administration will impact on the people to ensure dividends of democracy.

On his part, the Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe has described the activities of the police in Rivers state against Amaechi-led government as contrary to section 215 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and should be respected and honoured in the interest of Rivers people and law-abiding Nigerians.

Senator Abe called on the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar to find lasting solution to peace in Rivers State House of Assembly and the state in general.

He urged party faithful to champion the cause for a change in the current political dispensation by educating the people on the fortunes of voting APC in the upcoming elections.

Highlights of the rally was the handing over of the APC flags to the Eleme Local Government Party Leader, Marcus Nlenjii, the Council Chairman, Oji Ngofa and others, including identification of wards and inauguration of the Eleme chapter of Save Rivers Movement by Honourable Asita, Chairman, APC rally Committee.