In response to the brazen invasion of the Rivers State High Court Complex
by armed thugs of the All Progressive Congress (APC ) backed by operatives
of the Nigerian Police last Friday, the Rivers State House of Assembly has
resolved to formally write the United Nations to save the people of the
state from the hands of the APC Federal Government.
The Rivers State House of Assembly also resolved to write the European
Union and the Commonwealth of Nations to take immediate steps to ensure
the safety of Rivers people in the face of premeditated assault by the APC
Federal Government and her agents.
At an emergency session on Monday, the Rivers State House of Assembly
also resolved to write the President and Commander-in-chief with a view
to calling him to immediate action on the evils being perpetrated against
Rivers people by his administration.
Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani
who presided over the sitting placed the motion moved by the Majority
Leader, Mr Martins Amaehwule before members for voting.
Sixteen members voted in favour of the motion, while three voted against
and another three members abstained from voting.
The resolution followed a motion moved by the Leader of the House and
member representing Obio/Akpor State Constituency One, Martin Chike
Amaewhule under matter of urgent importance condemning the attack and
closure of the Rivers State High Court Complex on the 11th of May, 2018
The motion was seconded by the member representing Bonny State
Constituency, Abiye Pepple.
Moving the Mr. Martin Amaewhule drew the attention of members of the House
on the incident of 11th May, 2018 where both uniformed and non-uniformed
armed men attacked the State High Court Complex in a commando-style with
sporadic gunshot, shut down the complex by locking the entrance gates,
destroyed government and private property and molested judicial officers,
lawyers and litigants.
The Leader of the House who stated that the cause of the crisis was an
impending ruling on a matter between two disputing parties of the All
Progressives Congress, APC noted with sadness that no arrest has been made
even when sponsored hoodlums were seen attacking people and destroying
vehicles and infrastructure at the High Court Complex in the presence of
the APC-controlled Federal Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS.
He observed that the safety of the Rivers State Governor can no longer be
guaranteed as the Federal Government whose responsibility it is to control
the police has now delegated the power of control of the Rivers State
Police Command and particularly FSARS to the leader of Rivers APC.
In his contribution, Minority Leader, Benibo Anabrabra regretted that
members of his political party desecrated the temple of justice.
Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Marshall Uwom
said it is expedient to defend the rule of law and democracy in the
Member, representing Ahoada East Constituency 2, Mr Ehie Edison while
condemning the invasion, said that acts of this nature must be met with
Member representing Asari-Toru State Constituency Two, Emeni George who
described as sacrilegious the desecration of the State Temple of Justice
urged the President to sack the Inspector General of Police for
Majority Whip, Evans Bipi said the attack on the State High Court Complex
is geared towards 2019 elections and urged the House to also write to all
embassies in Nigeria.
Ruling on the matter, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Right
Honourable Ikuinyi Owaji-Ibani said the position of the house is to save
the state from the illegal acts of the APC Federal Government.
He said the attack on the judiciary which is the last hope of the common
man is a sad narrative for the state and her corporate existence.
The House of Assembly later moved to the State High Court Complex where
they inspected the damage done by the APC and the Nigerian Police. The
Chief Judge of Rivers State conducted the State Lawmakers round.