By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT — FORMER Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Austin Opara, has described as tissue of lies, claims by the Rivers State government that the arrest of 12 members of a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  on Monday by the Police in the state had nothing to do with politics.

Opara who spoke to Vanguard on phone, said the action of the government was purely political. According to him, there was nothing wrong in the actions of those who gathered at Ohaeto Street on Monday over political issues.

Describing their arrest that Monday as a shame, he said it was purely political. “It is a political issue. It has nothing to do with security. You and I know it is not security. How can you say a meeting where a former deputy Chairman of the PDP was, was not political.”

He accused the state government of threatening top civil servants in the state from signing sureties for the 12 members of the PDP, who were arrested and later arraigned in court, adding that the state government did this with a text message, a draft he forwarded to Vanguard.

Meanwhile, some top government functionaries, who spoke on the allegation said it was not true that anybody was threatened.

Opara said at press time, he was at the prisons to secure the release of the 12 detained politicians.

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