Youths Protest Against Amaechi’s Comment On Presidency

AmaechiMen and women under the aegis of Wakirike in Port Harcourt have staged a protest and threatened to make Rivers State ungovernable if Governor Chibuike Amaechi continues to make what they called insulting statements about the Presidency.

The group also accused the Governor of wasting a whooping sum of 19 billion naira to organise an APC rally.

A PDP lawmaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly told journalists on behalf of the protesters that they would no longer tolerate unguarded statements by the Governor.

However, the Chief of Staff and Political Adviser to the Rivers State Governor, Tony Okocha, has called on security agencies to investigate the threat of making the state ungovernable by the persons.

“All these allegations by these group of persons are borne out of political desperation and have no truth in them.  The office of the President is a public office and is subject to criticisms by the Governor on behalf of Rivers people and that is not tantamount to insulting the President.

“Governor Amaechi remains a disciplined man and will never be involved in the release of prisoners,” he said.

As the political tension in the State increases ahead of the 2015 elections, politicians have been advised to avoid making statements capable of jeopardizing the democratic process.

Anti-Amaechi Group Protests In Port-Harcourt

Protesters in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital held a public demonstration on Tuesday, causing a massive traffic gridlock along the busy Aba Road.

The demonstrators who referred to themselves as the Ikwerre People’s Assembly carried placards and chanted slogans accusing Governor Chibuike Amaechi of high handedness and deliberate provocation of law enforcement officers.

Some of the protest leaders said that the Ikwerres had lost confidence in the Governor’s leadership and accused him of mismanagement of funds.

In a swift reaction, the Rivers State Government described the demonstration as an assembly masterminded by opponents of Governor Rotimi Amaechi.

In an interview with Channels Television, Chief of Staff to Rivers State Governor, Mr. Tony Okocha, explained that the group, Ikwerre People’s Assembly does not exist and was merely an expression coined to give the gathering an identity.

He said that the attacks against the Governor were unjustified and that calling Governor Amaechi a despot because he was firm about doing the right thing was a misunderstanding of the whole issue.

Mbu Debunks Rivers’ Chief of Staff’s Claim, Says Security Wasn’t Withdrawn

Rivers state police command has denied claims that some policemen invaded and broke into the residence of the Chief Of Staff to Rivers State governor, Tony Okocha and withdrew some policemen attached to him.

Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, Mbu Joseph Mbu at a press conference with journalists today at the police headquarters in Port Harcourt said the statement was false.

Mbu also claimed that going by the existing circular from the police authority, the Chief of Staff is not entitled to police orderly, while the Secretary to the State Government is only entitled to one police orderly.

Speaking through the police spokesman, DSP Ahmed Muhammad, the Rivers State Police Chief however  called on members of the public to dismiss and also disregard such outcry, as it is misleading and false.

Mbu again maintained that the police force is determined and will not relent in their efforts to ensure that lives and properties of Governor Chibuike Amaechi is protected, including the entire citizens of Rivers state.

Reacting to the police press statement in his office at government house, Port Harcourt, the Chief of Staff, Tony Okocha said as a public officer, police officers were assigned to him, when he assumed office in 2011 and described the new decision of the police as premeditated.

He went further to buttress his claims with a wireless message he received from the Rivers state police command on the 22nd of October 2013.

He described the activities of the police in Rivers state against his office as a huge disappointment perfected to deceive Nigerians and decried the consistent embarrassment by the police to discredit his office.

There was no police presence at the residences of the Chief of Staff and Secretary to the State government, George Feyii, when Channels Television visited there, contrary to the claims of the Rivers state command.

The security guard at the residence of the Chief of Staff, Wisdom Chukwuma also told Channels Television crew, how police invaded the premises of the Chief of Staff last week.

This current situation may not be unconnected with the non-availability of security funds from the government house to the police in the state which the chief of staff is in charge of.

It will be recalled that the Chief of Staff, Tony Okocha raised an alarm on the sudden withdrawal of two of the policemen assigned to secure his official residence and others attached to the Secretary to the Rivers state government, Mr George Feyii without any notice.

Mr. Okocha alleged that the State Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu was responsible for the withdrawal, while speaking to Channels Television in his office in  government house, Port Harcourt.

He narrated how armed policemen, totalling about 15 stormed his official residence and ordered out the two policemen, while he was away for an official meeting.

He said same was done to another principal officer of the Amaechi administration, Mr, George Feyii, who is the Secretary to the state government.

Rivers Chief Of Staff Raises Alarm Over Sudden Withdrawal Of Policemen

Just when it was thought that sanity was beginning to return to Rivers state, the Chief of Staff to the Rivers state governor, Tony Okocha has raised an alarm on the sudden withdrawal of two of the policemen assigned to secure his official residence and others attached to the Secretary to the Rivers state government, Mr George Feyii without any notice.

Mr. Okocha expressed shock over the sudden move, which he alleged the State Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu was responsible for, while speaking to Channels Television at his office in the government house, Port Harcourt.

He alleged that while he was away for an official meeting, armed policemen totalling about 15 stormed his official residence and ordered out the two policemen, and same was done to another principal officer of the Amaechi administration, Mr, George Feyii, the Secretary to the state government.

He however stated that the sudden withdrawal of the police escorts for two principal officers without prior notice is a huge disappointment and above all a fresh onslaught on the Amaechi led administration by the State Police Commissioner, Mbu Joseph Mbu, as it portends serious danger to his family and the day-to-day activities of his office as Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt.