ACN, CPC Accuse Police of Partiality In Rivers

ACN, CPC Accuse Police of Partiality In Rivers

Opposition political parties have accused the police of being partial in their handling of investigations into the Rivers State House of Assembly fracas.

ACN, CPC Accuse Police of Partiality In Rivers

The Action Congress of Nigeria and the Congress for Progressive Change in separate reactions on Thursday, queried the decision of the police to declare the Majority Leader of the State Assembly, Chidi Lloyd, wanted.

They also faulted the decision of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, to change Amaechi’s security aides without his knowledge or consent.

In a statement  by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the ACN urged the police to be more circumspect and avoid being partisan in their ongoing investigation into the crisis.

The ACN  said,  “The fact that only the security aides of Governor Chibuike Amaechi have been invited to Abuja for questioning by the police hierarchy, and also the fact that only the majority leader of the state House of Assembly, Chidi Lloyd, has been declared wanted, have provided an insight into the thinking of the police on the issue.”

Mohammed  also wondered why the Rivers Police Commissioner, Mr. Joseph Mbu, “who provided cover for the five renegade lawmakers to attack the House as well as the leader of the renegade lawmakers Evans Bipi, who allegedly started the crisis, are not invited.”

The party said, “As the saying goes, it takes two to tango. Definitely there are two sides to every issue, including the crisis that rocked the House of Assembly last week.

“It therefore amounts to a warped investigation to focus only on one side as the police appear to be doing.

“This kind of investigation can only lead to jungle justice and further erode the credibility of the police, who have now descended into the arena instead of staying above the fray.”

National Publicity Secretary of the CPC, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said, “This makes the call for state police to assume some greater crescendo.

“A situation, in which the police have patently showed its partisanship by inviting Chidi Lloyd for using the fake mace to break the head of the other lawmaker, who was part of the renegade five that attempted to commit sacrilege on the floor of the House, leaving out the others, is improper.”

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