The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called for the immediate release of the State Commissioner of Education, Hon. Dr. Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, his family members and the State Co-coordinator of Arise Nigeria, Hon. Benjamin Diri who were allegedly arrested by the Nigerian Army 6 Division, Port Harcourt.
A statement by the PDP Rivers State, signed by Jerry Needam, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Rivers state PDP Chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah, said Dr. Gogo-Jaja with his family and other members of his household were whisked away by a fleet of fierce looking soldiers who stormed his GRA Phase 3 residence by about 2 pm Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
The statement regretted that the military in Rivers have not only usurped the responsibility of the Police but have also “been dragged into full-time politics by some anti-democratic elements and enemies of the people,” describing the development as very unfortunate.
The State PDP wondered “what could be the offence committed by the State Education Commissioner, his wife and children that the army would abandon their primary duty of protecting the Nigerian territory against external invasion to carrying out the function of the police.”
The PDP said the action of the soldiers of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army was politically motivated.
“The army,” the State PDP noted, “should realize that their integrity is at stake as elections will come and go but the army remains as a national institution.”