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Protesters threaten Rivers State shutdown

17 January 2014, 16:03Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Protesters have threatened to shut down operations at the Port Harcourt Refinery if Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu, is redeployed out of the state.

Calling themselves the Wakirike Nation of Okrika, they said the Police Commissioner was carrying out effective policing in the region.

The group, led by their Isobo who referred to himself as Ernest, during a protest in Port Harcourt, alleged that the crisis in the State was a “deceit” by Governor Rotimi Amaechi to seek for the redeployment of the state police commissioner.

“If Mbu is not allowed to continue to protect us, we want to tell you that the economic mainstay of Nigeria will be brought to a halt, we will make sure there will be no money in the coffers of Nigerian Government, because we are going to shut down the operations of the Port Harcourt refinery company,” said Ernest.

The group also took its protest to Ateke Tom, the leader of the Niger Delta Vigilante, who promised that he would ensure that their demands got to President Goodluck Jonathan and other relevant authorities.

They also called for the arrest of Senator Magnus Abe.

“We are enjoining all other well-meaning Okrika people to call for the immediate arrest of Senator Magnus Abe for telling the Nigeria Public lies that he was shot when he was not. They should also call for the arrest of the Chief of Staff Government House, Tony Okocha for conspiring with Senator Magnus Abe,” the  group said.



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