Fresh Fears Over Amaechi’s Safety As Police Post Strange Officers to Guard Him



Rotimi-Amaechi 600Rivers State Government has expressed fears for the safety of Governor Rotimi Amaechi on the heels of the posting strange policers by police hierarchy to guard the governor and the state facilities without Amaechi’s knowledge.
“We are worried that we can no longer guarantee the safety of Governor Chibuike Amaechi and wish to reiterate our call on all relevant authorities to ensure the safety of Governor Amaechi and the peace and security of everyone in Rivers State” George Feyii,secretary to Rivers State Government said in a statement Wednesday evening.

“The Rivers State Government notes with distress what is now an apparent attack on the person of Governor Chibuke Rotimi Amaechi. Yesterday two policemen, one of who is an Inspector Bawa, reported to the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge at Justice Mohammed Bello Street, Asokoro,FCT Abuja. They claimed to have been posted by Nigeria Police Force
Headquarters to monitor the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge,” the SSG said

“Earlier four intelligence officers had been posted to Government House, Port Harcourt by the Rivers State Police Command. These postings were done without any notification or reference to Governor Amaechi. We are aware that on issues of personal safety, an official reserves the right to pick the security personnel to whom he or she may entrust their safety. This is more so in the case of a State Governor,the statement said.

“The policemen this morning said that they had directives to remain at the gate of the Rivers State Governor’s lodge. Not only is the Rivers State Government uncertain of the true identity of these gentlemen, we are worried as to the true intent behind this latest posting. In recent times, events in Rivers State and especially around Governor Amaechi have been suggestive of deliberate nonchalance at best, and complicity at worst in the security breaches that have occurred. This trend has continued despite a passionate appeal to the highest levels of authority.

PRESS RELEASE BY RIVERS
STATE GOVERNMENT

The Rivers State Government notes with distress what is now an apparent attack on the person of Governor Chibuke Rotimi Amaechi. Yesterday two policemen, one of who is an Inspector Bawa, reported to the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge at Justice Mohammed Bello Street, Asokoro,FCT Abuja. They claimed to have been posted by Nigeria Police Force
Headquarters to monitor the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge.

Earlier four intelligence officers had been posted to Government House, Port Harcourt by the Rivers State Police Command. These postings were done without any notification or reference to Governor Amaechi. We are aware that on issues of personal safety, an official reserves the right to pick the security personnel to whom he or she may entrust their safety. This is more so in the case of a State Governor.

The policemen this morning said that they had directives to remain at the gate of the Rivers State Governor’s lodge. Not only is the Rivers State Government uncertain of the true identity of these gentlemen, we are worried as to the true intent behind this latest posting. In recent times, events in Rivers State and especially around Governor Amaechi have been suggestive of deliberate nonchalance at best, and complicity at worst in the security breaches that have occurred. This trend has continued despite a passionate appeal to the highest levels of authority.
We are worried that we can no longer guarantee the safety of Governor Chibuike Amaechi and wish to reiterate our call on all relevant authorities to ensure the safety of Governor Amaechi and the peace and security of everyone in Rivers State.

Signed

George Feyii
Secretary to State Government,
Rivers State, Nigeria

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