Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene and end the upheavals in Rivers State.
In a statement issued in Lagos, by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the opposition party said the intervention had become following the “irresponsible act of brigandage” by the police.
The police allegedly stopped a peaceful and lawful rally billed for the Obio Akpor Local Government Area of the state today by the Save Rivers Movement (SRM), an organization campaigning against the alleged impunity of the People’s Democratic Party-controlled Federal Government.
“The police went to the venue of the rally, pulled down the erected canopies and fired tear gas at everyone around there and even into nearby homes, with the result that five children are now feared to have died from suffocation due to this shameful Gestapo-style action of the police, who are being funded by taxpayers to protect the lives and property of the same citizens they are now brutalizing and killing.
"Not only that, they injured the Chief of Staff to Govorner Chibuike Amaechi and fired a supposed rubber bullet, at point blank range, at Senator Magnus Abe, who is now gravely injured,” stated Mohammed.
The Senator is believed to have been deliberately targeted for attack by the police.
“'We understand that the exceptional brutal clampdown on the planned rally by the police, who seem to have now surpassed even their own act of brutality against the people of the state, was aimed at impressing the First Lady, believed to be due in Port Harcourt on the same day (Sunday),” added Mohammed.
He alleged Rivers Police Commissioner Mbu Joseph Mbu believed he was now the “de facto Governor of Rivers because he has the support of the Presidency to exhibit impudence.”
“This is all happening under the watch of a President who has been widely quoted as saying his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian. The statement now rings hollow, considering what is happening in Rivers and elsewhere, which is widely regarded as a sign of things to come ahead of 2015. 'President Jonathan should act today to bring Rivers State and indeed Nigeria back from the brink of lawlessness. His body language must discourage the likes of Mbu from turning Nigerian into a lawless nation. He must differentiate his position as the leader of the PDP from his perch as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Mohammed said.
– CAJ News