As the crisis rocking the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party deepens, the state Command of the Nigeria Police has said it would enforce the ruling of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, which ousted the Chief Godpower Ake-led executive.
This came as the newly sworn-in chairman of the PDP in the state, Chief Felix Obuah returned to a tumultuous welcome in Port Harcourt, while the ousted Ake alleged that the intrigues in the party were targeted at Governor Amaechi.
Ake, who hosted Local government Chairman in the state said the fight, which involved some unnamed political interests was aimed at destroying the structure put in place by Amaechi in the party and warned that such could be detrimental to the wellbeing and performance of the party.Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu, vowed to deal ruthlessly with anyone or group of persons trying to foment trouble in any part of the state.
He said insinuations that there was a political crisis in the state was wrong and warned that the command would not hesitate to deal with anybody, who tried to cause tension in the state.
He stated that the role of his command was to obey the court ruling on the matter.
Mbu said, “We are supposed to obey the court judgment. We are here to enforce the law. At the moment, there is no instruction from the President, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Governor or anybody. We can only recognise and enforce the court judgment.
“For now, judgment has been given and we stand by that judgment until there is a contrary order. Anybody or group of persons that attempts to cause tension in the state will be dealt with ruthlessly.”
On the issue of security helicopters, recently purchased by the state, Mbu said he had no knowledge of the helicopters, since he resumed duty at the Command barely one month ago.
“I am barely a month old. I don’t know about helicopter. The governor is the chief security officer in the state and has been very supportive in that area, but I must say that I am neither aware nor seen any helicopter,” he stated.