Amaechi raises alarm over ‘strange’ security officers


THERE is anxiety over Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s safety.
The state government is worried by the posting of four Intelligence officers to the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Two policemen have also been posted to the Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.
No notice of the postings was sent to the governor, a statement by the Secretary to the Government, Mr. George Feyii, said yesterday.

The statement said: “The Rivers State Government notes with distress what is now an apparent attack on the person of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Yesterday, two policemen, one of who is an Inspector Bawa, reported to the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge at Justice Mohammed Bello Street, Asokoro, FCT Abuja.
“They claimed to have been posted by Nigeria Police Force Headquarters to monitor the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge.

“Earlier, four intelligence officers had been posted to Government House, Port Harcourt by the Rivers State Police Command. These postings were done without any notification or reference to Governor Amaechi.
“We are aware that on issues of personal safety, an official reserves the right to pick the security personnel to whom he or she may entrust their safety. This is more so in the case of a State Governor.

“The policemen this morning said that they had directives to remain at the gate of the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge.
“Not only is the Rivers State Government uncertain of the true identity of these gentlemen, we are worried as to the true intent behind this latest posting. In recent times, events in Rivers State and especially around Governor Amaechi have been suggestive of deliberate nonchalance at best, and complicity at worst in the security breeches that have occurred. This trend has continued despite a passionate appeal to the highest levels of authority.


“We are worried that we can no longer guarantee the safety of Governor Chibuike Amaechi and wish to reiterate our call on all relevant authorities to ensure the safety of Governor Amaechi and the peace and security of everyone in Rivers State.”


via The Nation
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