19th August, 2016
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has disclosed that the state government will sue the police and the Department of State Services, DSS, for sealing up the Sharks Stadium, initial venue of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention of August 17, 2016.
The governor said the people of the state allowed the security agencies to take over state facilities because of the visitors from other states.
Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday while inaugurating the Peace and Security Committee of the State, Governor Wike said that the government will seek judicial interpretation to determine if the Federal Government was right to take laws into its hands.
The governor stated that the security agencies should not think that the illegal invasion of Sharks Stadium and other government property was a dress rehearsal for the rigging of the forthcoming rerun elections in the state.
He said: “I hope what you did that day is not what you plan to do during the rerun elections. We allowed it because we had visitors from outside. Nobody will allow you rig elections in this state”.
The governor charged members of the Peace and Security Committee to work towards promoting security of lives and property within the ambit of the law.
Members of the Committee include the Commander of the NNS Pathfinder, representative of the Nigerian Army, Rivers State Police Commissioner, Director DSS, Comptroller of Prisons, Comptroller of Customs, Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps, Comptroller of Immigration, Commander of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and a representative of the State Traditional Council.
Speaking further, Governor Wike berated the prison authorities for playing politics with the production of a murder suspect in court for prosecution.
Responding on behalf of the Committee, Navy Commodore Obi Egbuchulam assured that the security agencies will work towards promoting peace in the state for businesses to thrive.