Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
The Rivers State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the Inspector-General of Police to with immediate effect transfer the State Assistant Commissioner of Police , ACP , in charge of Operations ,Steven Hasso and the Commander of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS ) Mr Akin Fakorede out of the the state for aiding insecurity through illegal partisan actions.
The House also passed a resolution calling on the National Assembly to wade into the matter by investigating the two police officers and taking necessary action .
It will be recalled that policemen led by ACP Steven Hasso and the Commander of SARS , Akin Fakorede on Thursday opened fire on PDP supporters on peaceful procession to the Speaker . While one person received bullet wound, the Channels Television Cameraman was rough handled and his camera seized .
The House passed the resolution on Friday at the Chambers of the State House of Assembly following a motion moved by the House Leader, Martin Amaewhule and 18 other members of the House in view of the violence meted out to PDP supporters and journalists by the policemen under the leadership of ACP Hasso on Thursday in Port Harcourt .
Moving the motion titled: “Motion to condemn Acts that can lead to breakdown of law and order and call for the transfer of ACP Steven Hasso and SARS Commander , Akin Fakorede “, Majority Leader Martin Amaewhule berated the police for opening fire on PDP supporters on peaceful procession to the Speaker of the House of Assembly and beating up of Journalists, simply because they were detailed to do the bidding of the APC .
He wondered why the ACP Steven Hasso would insist on leading APC protesters into the preccints of the Government House , Port Harcourt , only to turn around to physically assault and arrest the Chief Security Officer to the Governor of Rivers State , after he was stopped from forcing himself into the seat of governance.
The Majority Leader told the House that ACP Steven Hasso and the SARS jettisoned their professional code of conduct by their provocative acts of violence on PDP supporters and journalists , which were aimed at causing insecurity in the state .
He said if nothing is done, the actions of the two police officers will lead to a breakdown of law and order in the state .
The motion was seconded by the member, representing Emohua State Constituency , Mr Sam Ogeh who noted that the Police infringed on the right of the Rivers people by opening fire on a peaceful procession on the order of ACP Steven Hasso .
He informed that Steven Hasso and the Commander of SARS , Akin Fakorede invited 16 Divisional Police Officers to assist them attack PDP supporters on peaceful procession , pointing out that some of the officers declined participation .
Sam Ogeh declared that by attempting to invade the Government House , Port Harcourt in company of APC members , Stephen Hasso action amounted to a coup against the Rivers people and the Government they freely elected.
Contributing to the motion , Kelechi Nwogu of Omuma State Constituency , called for the investigation and prosecution of Steven Hasso and the Commander of SARS for acts inimical to the security of lives and property in the state .
Deputy Speaker, Marshall Uwom condemned the police for disregarding the rule of law and deliberately placing the state under siege through provocative acts of violence .
Ruling on the motion, Speaker of the House , Rt Hon. Dabotorodima Adams declared that the Inspector-General of Police must as a matter of urgency transfer ACP Steven Hasso and SARS Commander, Akin Fakorede for their illegal partisanship targeted at causing insecurity in the state.
He said: “The IGP shoulded be reminded about the actions of Mr Steven Hasso and Mr Akin Fakorede in Rivers State. This is because the outcome of the continued illegal operations and activities of this duo in Rivers State will be placed, ultimately, under his responsibility.
“We urge the Governor of Rivers State in the strongest possible terms to on behalf of the people of Rivers State , write again , to the IGP requesting the immediate redeployment of Mr Steven Hasso and effect the already ordered redeployment of Mr Akin Fakorede to Abuja”.
The State House of Assembly also urged the Governor to officially inform the President that ACP Steven Hasso and SARS Commander , Akin Fakorede are causing a breach of the constitution of the country and likely to cause a breakdown of law and order .
The Speaker and other members of the House of Assembly also addressed journalists wherein the speaker lamented the Thursday vicious assault on government officials, media officials and PDP members by Steven Hasso and Akin Fakorede.