PORT HARCOURT - SENATOR Magnus Abe was allegedly shot with a rubber bullet, Sunday, by the Police at the Port Harcourt venue of a rally of Save Rivers Movement, a pro-governor Chibuike Amaechi group. The Police however denied the allegation.
The Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Mr Tony Okocha who said he was with the Senator when the Police shot him at very close range said they also fired teargas at them, adding that one of the canisters of the teargas hit him (Chief of Staff) on his leg.
His words,:“This morning was a huge surprise to me. It’s the turn of Obio/Akpor local government to host the Save Rivers Movement, we had gone to Eleme and also to Asari-Toru, today is the turn of Obio/Akpor local government and as law abiding citizens of Nigeria we wrote to the police, informing them of our programme an there was no negative response. We chose College of Arts and Sciences because it’s more expansive, it could accommodate at least about 10,000 persons that will come out of Obio/Akpor local government area today for Save Rivers Movement.
At about few minutes past 12, I received a call from someone; highly placed, informing me that the Commissioner of Police had been reached by the Supervision Minister for Education and … to dislodge our people today and I couldn’t place it. About 4:30am, our men on ground, who were left there to secure the gadgets and facilities we have on ground there, called me to say that the police had taken the place over. For God’s sakes we are defenceless, free citizens of Nigeria, we don’t carry arms. Save Rivers Movement is an organisation that insists that Rivers State must be saved, out to salvage the state from political buccaneers who want to put Rivers state into their pockets, that’s what we are doing; we are in the business of sensitizing our people from LGA to LGA. You are aware of a group called GDI, they go through all the LGAs with convoys of police, giving them all kinds of protection, including the commissioner of police, he’s always in the convoys, providing security for them and ensuring that what they do in the LGAs are trouble-free.