PDP chieftain berates IGP over Rivers crisis

A Chieftain of Peoples Democratic party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan has accused the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun of been partisan in the political feud between Governor Similanayi Fubara of Rivers State and his Predecessor, Nyesom Wike, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister.



Ologbondiyan, former National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a series of post on Friday June 21, 2024 Facebook, condemned the killing of two security personnel,. comprising a member of vigilante and policeman.

He said, “The killing of a police inspector in the fiasco that occurred in Rivers State over who takes charge of the offices of the local government is worrisome and deserving of a national condemnation.

“However, the decision by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Egbetokun to barricade the Local Government offices in Rivers State until the decision on the matter by “court of competent jurisdiction” is intriguing.

“If I heard the IGP well, the 23 Local Governments in Rivers State will be under lock and key until the court decides on those that will occupy the offices between the former chairmen whose tenure had expired and the newly appointed CTC chairmen.

“This position appears partisan irrespective of the explanation provided by the police helmsman. It is more so because the IGP is not in any of the matters before the courts neither did any of the courts gave an order directing the Police to lock up any of the local government secretariats.

“Another knot which the IGP will need to untie is the fate of local government workers who will be on forced holidays until the police barricades are removed. The losses in profitable ventures for the state can be better imagined.

“The IGP needs to provide other effective security mechanisms that will allow the local government chairmen function and the workers to do their duties without the indefinite wait for court’s decision”, he said.

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