Nigerian Politics: APC Slates the Arrest of Pro-Amaechi Chairmen: Demands their Immediate Release

—– Alleges PDP Use of Hoodlums to Disrupt the Peace of the State

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The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has vilified what it described as CP Joseph Mbu’s “continuation war” against the Rivers State Government and its allies since 20th January, 2014, which led to arrest and illegally detention of two Local Government Council Chairmen loyal to Governor Chibuike Amaechi for undisclosed offences.

The party in a statement by its spokesman, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze explained that, “Hon. Gregory Bariledum Nwidam, chairman of Khana Local Government Area, and his Gokana counterpart, Hon. Ledee Demua, were taken into custody since Monday morning and have been kept incommunicado since then. They are being detained at the Police Old Government Reservation Area, GRA, Divisional Headquarters. Both men have been subjected to monumental mental torture after being subjected to series of interrogations supervised by an Assistant Commissioner of Police in-charge of Monitoring”.

Chief Eze maintained that the arrest and detention of the council chairmen was yet another evidence of the highhandedness being displayed by the State Police Command under CP Mbu probably acting on the directives of their Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) partners in their desperation to plunge Rivers State into unprecedented crisis.

“The arrest and detention of Hon. Nwidam and Hon. Demua is without justification. As if that is not bad enough, they have been held beyond the 24 hours prescribed by the Nigerian Constitution while attempts are being made to find a crime to hang on their necks.This is condemnable. We therefore call for the immediate release of these gentlemen whose only crime is their support for democracy and Government of Rivers State within 24 hours or we may be forced to draw the attention of the National Assembly on this illegality. CP Mbu should be ashamed that his evil acts are about causing IGP Abubakar his job”, the APC spokesman said.

The party condemned unequivocally the use of hoodlums from neighboring Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States to disrupt the peace of Rivers State by misguided PDP politicians in collaboration with their Police partners in the names of rallies as was the case of yesterday by a none existing Nkwerre Group all in the futile efforts of declaration of state of emergency in Rivers State by the Federal Government which will never materialize.

APC urged Rivers State people and all residents in the State to continue to pray for sanity to be restored to the minds of these it described as “misguided, disgruntled and debased minded fellows” for God to intervene in order to allow peace to prevail in the State.