The Governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi says First Lady Patience Jonathan is in control of the police in Rivers state and that the police force has been helpless and ineffective in discharging its duties in the state because of this.
Amaechi made the allegation while receiving the special representatives of the UN Secretary-General led by Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas in his office in Rivers state yesterday March 25th.
“Members of APC have been crying out loud to the country and the world. In Rivers State, the wife of the President, who is from Rivers State has taken over the control of the Police Force. On Tuesday night, the Commissioner of Police attempted to arrest a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly and the reason for doing that is to ensure that APC members don’t come out on election day.
And as I speak to you now, the lawmaker has moved into Government House for protection. More so, we have over 400 APC members in Police detention. The other day, I asked the Police Commissioner and he told me that those arrested were criminals and why should I ask him to release them. Do we only have criminals in APC? What about the period when the APC gubernatorial candidate Dr. Dakuku Peterside led members of the Party to a rally in Okrika. The APC campaign train was shot at, by hoodlums and PDP members.
Now, ask the Commissioner of Police if he carried out any arrest? In that attack it was observed that the PDP killed a Policeman and injured several APC members. The Commissioner of Police is totally helpless. In the same vein, on Tuesday, PDP hoodlums went to the House of the Commissioner of Power, Hon. Augustine Nwokocha with Military Uniforms and killed his relations, injured others and further burnt down the house of his Personal Assistant. All these attacks and impunity can measure that the elections can be free, but, may not be fair.
The APC is not running election against PDP all over the states across the country. The APC is running election against the institutions of government. And they include; the Police and the Military. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Kenneth Minimah is from Rivers State. As I talk to you now, he has deployed Special Military to Opobo/Nkoro local government area where he comes from, and incidentally, the APC guber candidate, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside comes from Opobo. So, you virtually expect resistance and nobody is concerned about the plight of APC. The APC is threatening to go back to the International Criminal Court (ICC) where the United Nations will witness how President Jonathan and the PDP are using the Police and the Military to trigger violence”, Amaechi said.