BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT— The Police in Rivers State have confirmed the release of the Chairman of Gokhana Local Government Area of the state, Mr. Demau Demau and the traditional ruler of Akpor Kingdom, HRM Eze Anele Oriebe.
Police Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Ahmad Muhamaad, told newsmen that Demau was released, Tuesday night, while the traditional ruler who was arrested Tuesday night, was released yesterday.
He added that the traditional ruler was invited for questioning over security related issues, as it had nothing to do with politics.
But there was protest on a portion of NTA/Ozuoba Road, close to his palace, by youths calling for his release.
Some of the protesters, who spoke to Vanguard, said they were not sure he had been released. They barricaded the road and diverted traffic to other roads. It took the intervention of Police to clear the road.
Khana LG chair still detained
Muhamaad noted that the Chairman, Khana Local Government Area, Mr Gregory Nwidam, was still in Police custody. Nwidam was arrested the same day with Nwidam, who has been released.
Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Leyii Kwanee, has, meanwhile, condemned the continued detention of Nwidam, saying it violated his rights to liberty.
Kwanee said it was wrong for the Police to hold on to the Chairman of the council, 24 hours after his arrest, adding that they should take him to court if they have any issue against him.
Also, the All Progressive Congress, APC, in its statement, before the release of Demau, condemned the arrest of the two council chairmen.
Media aide to the Interim Chairman of the party in the state, Chief Eze Eze, said the detention of the chairmen was the height of police high handedness.
The party also condemned Wednesday’s protests by some Ikwerre youths against Governor Rotimi Amaechi on Aba Road, arguing that they were reportedly hired thugs from neighbouring states.
The party said: “We also condemn equivocally the use of hoodlums from neighbouring states to disrupt the peace of Rivers State by misguided PDP politicians in collaboration with their police partners in the names of rallies as was the case of Wednesday by a non-existing Nkwerre Group, all in the futile effort of declaration of state of emergency in Rivers State by the Federal Government, which will never materialize.”
Meantime, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state has lauded the youths from the four Ikwerre local government areas in the state, who protested on Wednesday against Governor Amaechi, saying they deserved commendation for their actions.
“The party in its statement by media aide to the Chairman, Mr. Jerry Needam, accused the governor of disrespecting traditional and religious leaders in the state.