The Rivers State House of Assembly has resolved to report President Muhammadu Buhari to the United Nations to seek protection after the invasion of the state’s high court that was in session to pass an injunction stopping the APC local council congresses that would soon produce the state’s flagbearer for the governorship elections come 2019.
The APC, with federal government in their kitty, habour high hopes that they would win the coming governorship elections in the oil-rich state. This has made the primaries very hot with Senator Magnus Abe fighting the mainstream APC led by the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. The APC counters that it is the Governor and his PDP that mobilized thugs to destroy the court, not APC. Many say this counter-acusation lacks logic since the court session was going to stop an APC congress that the governor, and action that favoured the governor.
Now, in response to the invasion allegedly backed by operatives of the Nigerian Police last Friday, the House of Assembly has resolved to formally write the United Nations to save the people of the state from the hands of the APC and the 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 and 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 alleged 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 motion, 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 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 state.
Member, representing Ahoada East Constituency 2, Mr Ehie Edison while condemning the invasion, said that acts of this nature must be met with sanctions.
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 incompetence.
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.