BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT— SPEAKER of Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr. Otelemaba Amachree, has condemned Monday’s invasion of the House by youths under the aegis of Grassroots Development Initiative.
It will be recalled that the youths, who stormed the House, protested the suspension of the Chairman, his Vice and the 17 councillors of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
In a statement, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, the Speaker, who described the invasion by the youths as desecration of the hallowed chambers of the Rivers State House of Assembly, said the protesters connived with the police to carry out the action.
He said: “Fellow citizens of Rivers State and Nigerians, I crave your indulgence to update you on the recent happenings, especially with the callous invasion and desecration of the hallowed chambers of the Rivers State House of Assembly by armed thugs with the connivance of the Nigeria Police, under the command of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu.
“We have severally alerted the state and the world of the commencement of the planned gradual collapse of security and democratic structures of our state and called for the transfer of the Commissioner of Police , Mr Mbu out of the state.
“On May 6, 2013 our democracy suffered a serious setback. Despite our earlier warning, the Rivers State House of Assembly complex, which is directly adjacent to the Police Headquarters, Moscow Road, witnessed a violent and disruptive takeover by over 300 thugs.”