‘No cause for alarm,’ police speak on presence at Rivers Assembly quarters

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The Rivers State Police Command has explained why its operatives occupied the entrances of the State House of Assembly in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

About 30 armed policemen and over 25 patrol vans were stationed at both entrances leading to the Assembly quarters located along Aba Road in the metropolis on Friday

The spokesperson for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, in a statement late on Friday, said the deployment of its operatives at the Assembly quarters was to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

The statement was titled “Rivers State Police Command Clarifies Presence at Rivers State House of Assembly Quarters’.

It read, “The Rivers State Police Command wishes to clarify the recent reports regarding our presence at the Rivers State House of Assembly quarters.

“Our deployment in the area is solely aimed at ensuring peace and preventing any possible breakdown of order.

“We assure the public that there is no cause for alarm, and all individuals are encouraged to continue their lawful activities without fear.

“Your cooperation is greatly appreciated as we work towards maintaining a safe and secure environment for all.”

The state governor, Siminalayi Fubara, had visited the legislative quarters unannounced with security aides and other plain cloth operatives on Wednesday, sending cold shivers down the spine of the Martin Amaewhule-led 27 lawmakers loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike.

Reacting to the unscheduled visit which he described as unfortunate, Amaewhule alleged that Fubara had concluded plans to demolish the facility built by his predecessor and estranged political godfather, Wike.

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