Politics

June 17, 2024

We’re ready to do our job — Rivers Police

We're ready to do our job — Rivers Police

Governor Fubara

By Davies Iheamnachor, PORT HARCOURT

Rivers State Police has said they are aware of the brewing crisis in the state over the tenure expiration of the local government area chairmen in the state.

The Police Command added that its men were ready to tackle any situation that might arise.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Olatunji Disu, declared his readiness to protect the lives and properties of the people of the state.

Speaking in Port Harcourt, Disu warned individuals against taking the law into their hands. He stressed that anyone found doing so would face the full wrath of the law.

Vanguard reported that there was tension across some of the 23 local government areas in Rivers state as the tenure of the council chairmen expires today, June 17, by midnight.

The tension was ignited by the decision of the LG chairmen in the state under the aegis of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria to remain in office citing the Local Government Amendment Law No 2 of the 2024 by the Martin Amaewhule-led 27 House of Assembly members extending their tenure by six months.

‘Parents, hold your children’

Reacting to the situation, Disu, the police boss, enjoined parents to caution their children against getting involved in the crisis.

The Police boss vowed that they would protect all government property and human life in the community and ensure a safe and secure environment for all throughout the period.

Disu said: “My job as a police policeman is to protect lives and properties. And that is what we have gone out to do since morning.

“We are aware of the crisis that has to do with the tenure of the Local Government Chairmen and we have gotten one court order or the other.

“And the Court of Appeal has given an order for everybody to exercise restraints till the 20th of this month — just three days.

“So we expect everybody to respect it and not take laws into their hands and allow peace to continue as it is.”

Disu promised that his officers were working around the clock to safeguard the property and lives of residents of the state.

He added that logistics and equipment for the job have been fully provided.

The CP said: “Sincerely, you know our officers have been out for the past three days. I just finished addressing them and I thank them for the good job they have done.

“They have been out since 4 a.m., and they just came back. We are not taking it lightly, we are ready to go. Our officers have been on a show of force and we have had additional men given to us from the Headquarters.

“This is just to assure members of the public that we are ready to do our jobs of protecting lives and properties.

“We have warned anybody who would want to take laws into their hands. I want to use this opportunity to talk to parents to call their children to order. Talk to them so that their children will not be used as cannon folds in this crisis.

“Everything that has to do with government property and every human being in this community would be protected,” the Rivers Police boss added.

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