The Rivers State Chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), has called on security agencies particularly the police and the SSS to press for criminal charges against the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assmebly, Rt Hon Otelemaba Dan Amachree if confirmed that the alarm he raised over plot to assassinate Gov, Rotimi Amaechi was unfounded.
ACN recalled that the Speaker had alleged that there were plots to assassinate Governor Amaechi. The Speaker had also in an open letter to the President alleged that the political crisis in the State has deepened with the alleged plan to release 18 notable robbery and kidnap kingpins suspects from detention.
The detainees, the Speaker RSHA said, were to be let off the hook in order to carry out this planned mayhem on government officials, innocent citizens and residents of the state.
The ACN in a statement issued and signed by its Publicity Secretary, Jerry Needam is worried by the fact that uncontrollable violent and civil disturbances could be sparked by such unfortunate, spurious and misguided statements emanating from a highly placed personality like the Speaker of the State Assembly.
“It is important that public officers strive to maintain public peace by not engaging in speeches and actions capable of throwing the state and the people into crisis and animosity with one another”, ACN stressed.
Similarly, the party reiterates its position on the earlier request demanding the immediate arrest and prosecution of the Press Secretary to the wife of Governor Amaechi, Mr Dike Bekwele over similar comments on the recent explosion at the Obio/Akpor Council Headquarters.
ACN believes that Mr Bekwele, if arrested could also provide useful information that could assist the Police to fish out the culprits as he (Mr Bekwele) has already said he knows those responsible for the incident.
“It is our sincere submission that such disclosure by Mr Bekwele, who we believe is privileged and has access to some vital information, should not be taken for granted but should be viewed and treated with the seriousness required in order to do justice to the current situation in the area.
“For us, Mr Bekwele is the first suspect and should be treated as such if any meaningful progress can be achieved in determining who the culprits are”, ACN emphasized.
This situation puts the police at test to prove its sincerity in tackling criminal activities and ensuring peace and security in the society. To act otherwise, will present the police to have compromised its statutory obligation to the citizenry.