Following claims that it is complicit in the political wranglings currently heating up the polity in Rivers State, the Nigeria Police Force says it has no involvement in the the matter and that it has rather commenced investigations aimed at bringing offenders to book.
Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, had alleged that police personnel shot water cannons at him at the State House of Assembly Complex on Monday.
It is said that the current political disturbances in Rivers State are part of a plot allegedly hatched by Nyesom Wike, immediate past governor of Rivers State and now minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
It is further alleged that Wike is the political godfather of Fubara, the current Rivers State Governor and has been trying to lead the latter by the nose and run Rivers State by proxy from his base in Abuja.
Resistance from Fubara is said to have led to a fallout between both men and an ensuing scheme by Wike to impeach his political ward, Fubara.
The Police stated in a Facebook post, Monday, that it was following political wranglings in the state with a view to checking security fallouts and had launched a comprehensive investigation into the matter.
The police further said it would take immediate action against those responsible.
The statement further read: “We’re aware of the security situation at the Rivers State House of Assembly Complex. The Rivers State Police Command is actively addressing the matter. We’ve launched a comprehensive investigation to uncover the circumstances and will take immediate action against those responsible. Stay tuned for further updates. Your safety remains our priority.”
The Rivers State House of Assembly (RSHA) was reportedly set ablaze Sunday night by yet to be known political thugs over the alleged move to impeach the state governor, Siminalayi Fubara and Leader of the House, Edison Ehie.
A civil society group, Coalition of Democratic Vanguard (CDV), has issued a strongly worded warning to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Nyesom Wike and his allies who are allegedly seeking to impeach Fubara and Ehie.
Similarly, Chief Edwin K. Clark, the National Leader, South-South/Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) , has called on President Bola Tinubu to intervene in the unfolding crisis in Rivers State “in the interest of his administration, the nation’s democracy, and the country at large”.
Clark’s call is coming as the bitter power tussle between the Rivers State governor, Siminalayi Fubara, and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, deepens, with the state House of Assembly threatening to impeach the governor.
In a press statement on Monday, Chief Clark alleged that there was a plot to unlawfully remove Governor Fubara who has spent only about five months in office, urging President Tinubu to call Wike and the security agencies in Rivers State to order to avert any untold crisis in the state.
“I understand the sad episode is being orchestrated by the immediate past Governor of Rivers State and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Nyesom Wike. And that the intention is to remove the Governor, force his deputy, Professor Ngozi Odu, to resign, and install the Speaker of the House of Assembly, another Ikwerre person, as the governor of the State. Let me warn strongly, we won’t allow that to happen” Clark said.