By JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT – Rivers State House of Assembly, has called for the immediate redeployment of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, saying he was an interested party in the political crisis rocking the state.
Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Otelemaba Amaechree, in a statement, said the House had to postpone its sitting, yesterday, because the state Police Commissioner suddenly cancelled an approval requesting police protection for the sitting.
He said they had uncovered an alleged plot by five members of the House to cause panic and tension if the House had gone ahead with the sitting, adding that the game plan was for security operatives to start shooting sporadically and firing teargas to create a picture of a breakdown of law and order in the Assembly.
Otelemaba explained that the decision to further adjourn sitting sine die was to protect lives and property in the state.
He said: “Ironically, a request by the House of Assembly for deployment of Police operatives to guard and protect the Assembly complex earlier approved was unceremoniously withdrawn by the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command on ‘the orders from above.’
“Consequent upon the above and as your elected representatives, determined to save the democratic structures in the state, lives and property, we are aware of plans to stall the sittings of the House through disruptive and violent acts by five members of the House intended to culminate into sporadic shootings and firing of tear gas canisters by security agencies outside the chambers under the guise of maintaining law and order.
“We are being inundated with threats of arrests, assassinations, and violence on the persons of the Speaker and 26 members of the Assembly. The name of the presidency had been used by those five members of the House in their unguarded utterances and display of intimidation, therefore, the sitting is postponed.”