· PDP calls for release of education commissioner, family
· But military sources say they have been handed over to the SARS section of the police
· Reasons for the arrest not yet mentioned
Soldiers were said to have stormed the home of a commissioner in the Rivers State government, Dr Tamunosisi Gogo-Jack and members of his family at night. Efforts are ongoing to confirm but the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the immediate release of the commissioner.
The party also called for the release of his family and the State Coordinator of Arise Nigeria, Hon. Benjamin Diri, who the party said were arrested by the Nigerian Army 6 Division, Port Harcourt.
A statement by the PDP Rivers State said Dr. Gogo-Jaja with his family and other members of his household were whisked away by a fleet of fierce looking soldiers who stormed his GRA Phase 3 residence by about 2 pmWednesday, March 6, 2019.
The statement signed by Jerry Needam, media aide to the PDP chairman, regretted that the military in Rivers has not only usurped the responsibility of the Police but also has been dragged into full-time politics by some anti-democratic elements and enemies of the people, describing the development as very unfortunate.
The State PDP wondered what could be the offence committed by the State Education Commissioner, his wife and children, that the army would abandon their primary duty of protecting the Nigerian territory against external invasion to carry out the function of the police.
The PDP said the action of the soldiers of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army was politically motivated and orchestrated by the Transportation Minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who they said has colonized the army to take vengeance for the collapse of the APC in the State on all perceived political opponents.
The army, the State PDP noted, should realize that their integrity was at stake as elections will come and go but the Army would remain as a national institution.
Sources close to the military in PH hinted that the arrested commissioner and others may have been handed over to the SARS section of the police. Reasons could not be given on why they were arrested but the sources said matter still under investigation.