Rivers Crisis: Police declare Majority Leader wanted

The police yesterday declared the Majority Leader of  the  Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Chidi Lloyd, wanted even as Governor Rotimi Amaechi expressed concern over his safety.

Hon. Lloyd was the person, who allegedly used mace, the symbol of  authority of the House, to hit the head of Hon. Michael Chinda, representing Obio/Akpor II Constituency, during  the fracas that erupted on the floor of the Assembly on July 9, 2013.

In a statement issued in Port Harcourt, Rivers State yesterday, and signed by the command’s spokesperson, Mrs. Angela Agabe, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), the force said Lloyd was wanted  for conspiracy, attempted murder, wounding and willful damage, he allegedly committed on July 9, 2013.

The Majority Leader, who represents Emohua Constituency, according to the police, is under investigation by detectives from the Office of the Inspector-General of Police, in collaboration with the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Rivers State command. Lloyd, according to the statement, “is fair in complexion, about 5ft.7 inches tall, speaks Igbo and English fluently. He was last seen at the Rivers State House of Assembly in the July 9, 2013.”

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) explained that efforts by the force to trace his whereabouts had proved abortive. According to her, Lloyd failed to respond to police invitation, which  according to her, the deadline expired on July 16.

The PPRO also urged any person or group with useful information, regarding his whereabouts, to contact the Deputy Commissioner of Police, SCID. She reminded members of the public that security is the responsibility of all, adding that  they should  give the police prompt and accurate information, so as to rid the state of crimes and criminality.

Reacting to declaration of  the lawmaker wanted by the police, the state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), described it as a welcome development.

A statement by the Special Adviser on Media to the state Chairman, Mr. Jerry Needam, also appealed to the police to arrest and investigate the Chief Security Officer (CSO) attached to Governor Amaechi. The statement said: “More importantly, Governor Amaechi, who allegedly supervised the attempted murder of Hon. Chinda should be invited and investigated.”

The party also appealed to the people in the state to remain calm and law-abiding amid provocation. Recall that on July 9, members of the House reconvened, after the 27 pro-Amaechi lawmakers sacked the Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Chief Timothy Nsirim, his Vice and 17 councillors on April 22, 2013  and adjourned sine dine the next day.

After the lawmakers took their seats, awaiting the arrival of the Speaker, Hon. Otelemaba Amachree and other principal leaders of the House, the anti-Amaechi group, through Hon Victor Ihunwo, representing Phalga III constituency, moved a motion, passing a vote of no confidence on Amachree and his leadership. Thereafter, Hon Kelechi Nwogu, also an anti-Amaechi lawmaker, announced that Amachree had been impeached.

Martins Amaeuhule seconded the motion, while Ihunwo also nominated Hon Evans Bipi, as the new speaker. The development led to chaos in the chamber, which saw the legislators and others engaging in a free-for-all. It was in the process that Hon. Chinda was hit with the mace and later hospitalized.

Three anti-Amaechi lawmakers were hospitalised. Pro-Amaechi lawmakers, including Lloyd, were also hurt. Meanwhile, Governor Amaechi yesterday raised the alarm over his life.

A statement issued in Port Harcourt and signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), George Feyii, said: “The Rivers State Government notes with distress what is now an apparent attack on the person of Governor Chibuike 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.” According to Feyii, the polcemen claimed they were posted by Force Headquarters to monitor the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge. “Earlier, four Intelligence Officers had been posted to the 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 deserves the right to pick the security personnel to whom he or she may entrust his/her safety.

This is moreso in the case of a state governor,” the statement said. The SSG explained that the policemen claimed they had been directed to remain at the gate of the Governor’s Lodge. In a related development, sources have revealed that the Senate Committee on State and Local Government Administration, which was mandated by the Upper Legislative Chamber to investigate the crisis may have indicted Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike and the leadership of the state PDP, led by Hon Felix Obuah over the crisis. A source revealed that the committee’s findings may have influenced the constitution of a nine-man commission of inquiry by Governor Amaechi on Monday.

The commission is headed by Justice Biobele Georgewill. Daily Sun gathered that the Senate committee’s report may have also exonerated Hon Lloyd, who has been declared wanted by the police. Also, it was gathered, the report may be silent on the visit of Governor Amaechi to the House, with his ADC and CSO, on the day of the crisis in the Assembly.

Sun News Online


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