Former Rivers LG bosses defy police order, stage protests

The former chairmen of 21 out of the 23 native authorities areas in Rivers State staged a protest on Monday at their varied council areas.

The former council bosses loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, protested of their native councils regardless of an advisory in opposition to protests issued by the state Police Command.

In Buguma, the council headquarters of the Asari-Toru LGA, former Chairman Onengiyeofori George, alongside his supporters, marched by the streets of the city as they gyrated to songs in Wike’s solidarity.

They waved placards with inscriptions asking the police to proceed occupying the council headquarters. Some of the inscriptions learn, “Sim Fubara Can’t Continue to Act As He Likes” and “There’s No Vacancy in Asari-Toru Council”.

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According to Channels Television, at Asari-Toru LGA, the protest virtually turned violent when some males believed to be operatives of Asari Dokubo’s non-public army firm, referred to as Amama troopers, tried to assault the protesters.

The Amama troopers have been swiftly restrained by policemen who have been very alert. The demonstrators later introduced a protest letter to the police.

Also, in Abonnema, the Akuku-Toru LGA council headquarters, some individuals staged a protest, backing the continued closure of council premises by the police.

Recall that the police took over the 23 LGA council secretariats of the oil-rich South-South final Tuesday following the disaster that erupted over the three-year tenure expiration of the previous LGA chairmen. Three deaths have been recorded within the wake of the disaster.

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