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Rivers crisis: Deputy Speaker accuses Police of bias over summon

By JIMITOTA ONOYUME & YAFUGBORHI

…As Chief of Staff urges Obio-Akpor people to support Amaechi
PORT HARCOURT – Deputy Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr.  Leyii Kwanee, has faulted the Police Force Headquarters’, Abuja summons of the Leader of the House, Mr. Chidi Lloyd over recent fracas at the Assembly.

Lloyd who had turned himself in, is being investigated for attack on Mr. Michael Chinda, member representing Obio/Akpor constituency in the House, which left the lawmaker in critical condition in a London hospital.

Meanwhile, Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Mr. Tony Okocha, has charged the people of Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of the state to continue to support the administration of Governor Chibuike Amaechi, adding that the government would always deliver on its promises.

Okocha, when the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the council, Mr.  Chikordi Dike and members of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, embarked on a meet-the-people tour to Ward 16 in the council also lashed at the five anti-Amaechi lawmakers over their failed bid to impeach the Speaker of the state House of Assembly.

However, the Deputy Speaker,  representing Khana II constituency, said that the summon of the House Leader was discriminatory as legislators involved in the brawl were walking freely in Port Harcourt.

He said: “What would have been appropriate was for the Police to invite all involved in the fracas for questioning. If they want to do a thorough work, they should carry out an unbiased investigation.”

He added that the people of Rivers State see the state’s Police Commissioner, Mr. Mbu as being partial and that the invitation of Lloyd being selective, confirms that the Police were acting out a script.

Okocha, on his part charged Obio Akpor caretaker executive members to put in their best, said: “Let them come and tell us why they think, Amaechi’s government should be overthrown by civilian coup, which they failed. What is the punishment for a coup that was aborted?”

Okocha who, presented a bus donated by the Caretaker Committee to students of Obio Akpor, said the essence of the tour was to interact with the people of the council to know how best government could affect their area.


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