Rivers: NDD Petitions Buhari, Calls For Amaechi’s Prosecution Over Militarization
By Alex Ubiri, Reporting From PH
The Nigerian Defenders for Democracy (NDD) on Sunday night said it has petitioned President Mohammadu Buhari, the Department of State Security as well as the Nigerian Police Force, calling on Nigeria’s security agencies to urgently prosecute Minister for Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, over the way and manner he used military men to cause chaos in Rivers state during the rerun which was held in the state on Saturday.
The group which condemned the heavy military presence in Rivers state during the rerun also urged that the soldiers that threatened to shoot Governor Nyesom Wike with their guns during the open chaos that happened between him and Amaechi at Mile 1 police station, Port Harcourt, on Sunday morning should also be investigated and prosecuted if found culpable.
According to the Public Relations Officer of NDD, Barrister John Agwu, who disclosed this in a telephone interview with our correspondent who was in the state to cover the elections, the attitudes of Amaechi and the military men that he took to the state at the weekend called for an urgent probe.
The human rights group wondered how on earth a whole state governor who enjoys immunity as declared by the Nigerian Constitution could be greatly humiliated, threatened and treated with contempt like the way the security operatives who were on the side of the Transportation minister did on Sunday.
The group also asked President Mohammadu Buhari not to do anything that would bring Nigeria back to the era of anarchy.
According to NDD, the president should immediately leave Mr. Amaechi and the security operatives for investigation and prosecution if he (Buhari) has to make Nigerians and the international community believe that he had no hands in the ill treatment melted on leaders of the PDP in Rivers state especially Governor Wike who was threatened by security operatives despited his immunity.
The group also urged Buhari to ask Amaechi why he abducted and took the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) Collation Officer for Phalga Ward 10, Mrs Ekwi Adebisa, to the hotel where he and NIMASA boss, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, lodged in Port Harcourt.
Our correspondent who was at the police station on Sunday reported that things would have gone out of hands if not that Governor Nyesom Wike obeyed the orders of Amaechi’s soldiers not to move near Mrs Adebisa.
According to our correspondent, trouble started when Mrs Ekwi Adebisa was barricaded by the Security attached to Governor Nyesom Wike at the Mile One Police Station.
It was gathered that Mrs Ekwi Adebisa, the Ward 10 Collation Officer was about declaring the Collated results for Ward 10 in PHALGA,when the Leaders of the PDP in the Area alerted Governor Nyesom Wike who stormed the Police station to defend the votes of his party.
The Leaders of the APC in Phalga on the other hand alerted the Minister of Transportation Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi who came in company of the Director General of NIMASA Dr Dakuku Peterside, DG of NDDC Mrs Ibim Seminntari and other APC Leaders.
Hundreds of Soldiers who came with the Minister of Transportation asked Governor Nyesom Wike to stay clear or else they would release their bullets on him.
As a result of this threat, Wike, Senator George Sekibo, Austin Okpara, all stood down until the INEC Collation officer for Phalga ward 10 was taken away by angry looking Soldiers.