Rivers State is under siege, says Governor

Rivers State is under siege, Governor Rotimi Amaechi said yesterday. The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NFG) spoke when the Senate Committee on State and Local Government Administration investigating the crisis in the state visited him at the Government House, Port Harcourt, the state capital. He said: “Yesterday, they were shooting tear gas into the Government House. When we were meeting with the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) today, the police claimed that it was inadvertent that they shot tear gas into Government House. So, I asked one question, supposing, it was live bullet and it hit me; they said, ‘nooo, governor was not outside,’ but I said, ‘I was outside, you can check’.” To Amaechi, the “sudden” withdrawal of soldiers and the Amoured Personnel Carrier (APC) attached to the Government House is “shocking”. According to him, in the last two months, security commanders in the state have not held meetings with him. “We are under siege here. For two months now, we have not met with security men. Security Commanders in the state don’t come to me any longer. They are either scared or they don’t deliberately want to see me. They withdrew soldiers attached to me yesterday.  Earlier, the chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Gaya, said it was delegated by the Senate to investigate and find a solution to the disturbances rocking the state. Although normalcy has returned to Port Harcourt including the Rivers State House of Assembly complex which was the theatre of “war” on Tuesday, some people are still apprehensive of what may happen next.



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