Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Revelation by the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dan Bature that Governor Rotimi Amaechi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) pressured the police to release hardened criminals in their custody has drawn the irk of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP)
The Chairman of PDP in Rivers State, Bro Felix Obuah condemns the pressure on the police by Governor Rotimi Amaechi to release hardened criminals involved in heinous case of murder, deadly cult activities, unlawful firearms possession, kidnappers and sundry acts of lawlessness.
Obuah in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media, Jerry Needam described the action of Governor Amaechi as unpatriotic and an astonishing disclosure that the APC is a crime syndicate and behind the crime wave in the State.
The PDP regretted that the Governor who is on oath to protect lives and property, has not only failed to provide security in spite of billions of naira security votes he collects monthly, but
now contributes to the growth of insecurity in the State.
The party calls on Governor Amaechi to apologise to Rivers people and also resign, for the rising cases of crime in the State.
“It will be recalled that the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Dan Bature while reacting to allegation by Governor Rotimi Amaechi that the police arrested 400 supporters of the APC and purported plan to arrest 307 leaders of the APC.”
The PDP also quoted the Rivers state police command of saying, “It is strongly believed that the vituperations are frustrating signs to pressure the command to release hardened criminals involved in heinous cases of murder, deadly cult activities, unlawful firearms possession, kidnappings and sundry acts of lawlessness that ordinary would have been charged to court but for the industrial action of the Rivers State Judiciary.
“We want to state here that the allegation of the purported plan to arrest 307 leaders of a political party is nothing but a ruse in to whip up public sympathy. The command has no plan to arbitrarily arrest anybody. Anyone who is not planning to cause or foster violence or breach of public peace has no cause to fear or raise false alarm”