Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Government says it has uncovered plot by the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in the state to use the event of the recent prevention of arrest of a high court judge by Governor Nyesom Wike to sponsor anarchy.
The state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George, who raised this alarm in a statement yesterday in Port Harcourt, alleged that the APC would be working with civil society organizations and other groups to instigate crisis in the state from next week.
Tam-George stated that the APC had concluded plans to sponsor series of state-wide riots in apparent protest against the Rivers State government, to cause unrest and panic.
The Commissioner disclosed that it is the objective of APC to create a climate of lawlessness which could lead to bank robberies, attacks on strategic state assets and other violent acts.
He pointed that the first wave of the planned riots would begin in the streets of Port Harcourt, and spread to other parts of the state including: Ogoni, Abua, Emohua and Oyigbo.
Tam-George said: “The APC would be working in close coordination with little known “civil society” organizations and other faceless groups to instigate crisis in Rivers State. The plan includes a series of state-wide riots in apparent protest against the Rivers State government, and Governor Nyesom Wike’s role in challenging the impunity by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS), during the midnight invasion of the home of a federal judge in Port Harcourt last weekend.
“The objective of the APC might be to create a “climate of lawlessness”, which could lead to bank robberies, attacks on strategic state assets, random assaults on young women in the streets, and scare mongering in places of worship. Heavy monetary inducement for coordinators of the riots in each “flash point” or location is also being planned.
He, however, called on the security agencies to closely monitor the activities of groups in order to forestall the breakdown of law and order in the State.
The APC, through its Rivers Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, in its reaction, admonished right-thinking people of the state and other Nigerians to ignore Tam-George’s mischievous, senseless, childish and shameless allegations, described as fiction from his infantile and degenerate mind.