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Rivers police stop Amaechi protests

07 October 2015, 08:54Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Rivers State Police has warned groups and individuals to desist from carrying out protests against or in support of the nomination of former Governor Rotimi Amaechi for a ministerial post.

Amaechi, a divisive figure in Rivers politics, was on Tuesday confirmed as a nominee to serve in President Muhammadu's cabinet.

Police said they had since uncovered clandestine moves by two opposing groups to stage a protest in Port Harcourt purposely to express their support or opposition to the ministerial nomination.

Also Read: See list of speculated nominees of ministers

"Accordingly, the Police Commissioner of Police hereby warns these groups to jettison the plan to stage the protest so as not truncate the existing peaceful co-existence in the state," Ahmad Muhammad, Rivers Police spokesperson warned.

"While the Command respects the individuals’ right of peaceful assembly, it will not tolerate a situation where such protests will lead to breach of public peace and breakdown of law and order."

Police enjoined the people of Rivers State to remain calm, hopeful, confident and trusting in the ability of the Command to discharge its constitutional mandate of ensuring public peace and security.

Amaechi, a key member of Buhari's All Progressives Congress, is under probe from the administration of the People's Democratic Party for alleged maladministration.

- CAJ News


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