June 18, 2024

Outgone chairman accuses Fubara of hiring gunmen, cultists to cause mayhem in Rivers


Gov. Fubara

…Alleges full blown insecurity in Rivers

…Rivers Is Peaceful, Johnson

By Daniel Abia

Apparently miffed by the turn of events in Rivers state, the outgone council chairman of Ikwerre local government area and a trusted political associate of the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, Dr. Samuel Nwanosike has accused the state Governor, Siminalayi Fubara and the chief of staff, Government, Rt. Hon Edison Ehie of hiring cultists and gunmen to cause mayhem in the 23 local government councils.

Nwanosike in a trending video on Tuesday alleged that the Governor Fubara went to the creeks and hired gunmen and brought them to the state “going about LGA by LGA shooting and looting the properties” of the councils particularly that of the Ikwerre LGA.

“They went and hired cultists led by the chief of staff, Edison Ehie shooting and looting council properties in the name of governing a state. They even shot the police. Is this the best for democracy!”, he lamented.

The embattled former council boss called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to uphold the constitution of Nigeria in Rivers state crisis to avoid break down of law and order. “We are calling on Mr. President that this is the time to uphold the constitution of Nigeria. Governor Fubara has brought insecurity full blown into Rivers state”.

He alleged that the Governor and his chief of staff sponsored gunmen and cultists to unleash terror on the people of the state, adding that the people of Ikwerre local government area will wait for the decision of the Appeal Court which earlier ruled that the status quo in the matter should remain.

In his reaction, the Commissioner for information and Communication, Warisenibo Joseph Johnson said the former chairman was merely trying to be clever by half, noting that there was no shooting anywhere in the state as alleged.

“His allegations or claims are very funny. We are not in any desperate mode to take over any council in the state. The constitution is very clear on this matter. It says that any law that is enacted at the lower level cannot supersede the constitution of the country.

“The judgment of Justice D.G. Kio of the state High Court is there for everybody to make references to. The law No 2 that they made had been expunged and is not only invalid but is nonexistent. About insecurity in the state, you can see that Rivers state is very peaceful. There is no gunshot anywhere.

“I am right now sitting with the oldest man in my family, aged 90, for a meeting and my house is at the center of Port Harcourt. There is no single gunshot anywhere here or the entire state”, Johnson defended.