Amaechi Raises Alarm Over His Safety

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As the crisis in Rivers State deepens, Governor Chibuike Amaechi has raised an alarm about his safety following the withdrawal of soldiers and Armoured Personnel Carriers,APCs, attached to the Government House.

Speaking on Thursday when the Senate Committee on State and Local Government Administration investigating the crisis in the state came to see him at Government House, Port Harcourt, Amaechi said that the government and people of the State are under siege.

“Yesterday, they were shooting tear gas into Government House. When we were meeting with the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) today, the Police claimed that it was inadvertent, that they shot tear gas into Government House. So, I asked one question, supposing, it was live bullet and it hit me, they said, ‘nooo, governor was not outside,’ but I said, I was outside, you can check”, Amaechi said.

Amaechi whose state was rocked by violence at the State House of Assembly on Tuesday,
also expressed shock over the sudden withdrawal of soldiers and APCs attached to Government House, stating that in the last two months, security commanders in the state have not held meetings with him.

“We are under siege here, for two months now, we have not met with security men. Security Commanders in the state don’t come to me any longer. They are either scared or they don’t deliberately want to see me. They withdrew soldiers attached to me yesterday. And this morning, they withdrew the APC attached to Government House”, Amaechi said.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on State and Local Government Administration, Senator Kabiru Gaya had earlier said, the committee was delegated by the Senate to come to Rivers State and investigate, and find workable solution to the violence and disturbances rocking the state.

He told the Governor that the Senate had a meeting or session where a motion was raised by Senator Magnus Abe on the state of the situation in Rivers State. And the motion was discussed.

Senator Gaya said the Senate had two hours in the closed door session to discuss how best to sustain our stable democracy and how best “we could have the legislators perform their functions without undue interference”.

He noted that the Senate had condemned the fracas that happened at the Rivers State House of Assembly.

The Senate mandated the committee to investigate the crisis in the state and that the committee will invite other stakeholders.

“The committee will hear from the Assembly members on both sides, including the Commissioner of Police, the SSS and the JTF.”

Gaya said “the purpose of our mission is to ensure peace return in the state and to maintain good governance, so that the people in the state will relax and have peace.”

11 Comments

  • The federal govt. should set up a proper investigation into this issue and find a lasting solution .

  • You’re the cause of your numerous problems,since you now use your security to maim honourable members what did you expect from the high command,you mix them with your thugs with military uniforms,you don’t deserve security,very soon the remai ones will be withdrawn because you’re misusing them.

    • it so exasperating the way people proclaim with ultimate complacency the role of God in the affairs of men more so in the political theater you people should starting thinking on how to be the architects of you destiny and not hoping that God is there to restor your rights and restor sanity befor the hooligans you allowed to b ur leaders

    • Your Samson seems you reason upside down or that your parents forgot to give you a name that suit you. B’cos he saying the truth you are abusing him? If a governor will use his security to cause mayhem and then turn round to shout I am not safe, we are under siege, who is not safe, Rivers State people or the governor with security details at his beckon? Look at his CSO fighting Assembly members and yet his Boss is cry wolf.

  • Ameachi should come out clearly and publicise the reason why he sacked d democratically elected chairman and councillors of Obio/Akpor LGA in delta state. And when his party PDP held a meeting wit him and advice dat he should reinstate dem, why didn’t he respect his. Many of u 4get dat in a democratic setting, party is supreme.

  • Ameachi should come out clearly and publicise the reason why he sacked d democratically elected chairman and councillors of Obio/Akpor LGA in RIVERS state. And when his party PDP held a meeting wit him and advice dat he should reinstate dem, why didn’t he respect his party. Many of u 4get dat in a democratic setting, party is supreme.

  • Ameachi should come out clearly and publicise the reason why he sacked d democratically elected chairman and councillors of Obio/Akpor LGA in RIVERS state. And when his party PDP held a meeting wit him and advice dat he should reinstate dem, why didn’t he respect his party. Many of u 4get dat in a democratic setting, party is supreme.

  • if the Governor of a state can not protect himself then who ,is safe in that state ? all this is mere political gymnastics the true nature of which we do not know as we are outsiders.

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