Rivers: APC Seeks State of Emergency to Avoid Total Breakdown of Law, Order

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The Caretaker Committee Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC) in Rivers, Chief Tony Okocha,.has urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the state.

Okocha who made the call at a news briefing in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, said that the essence was to avoid a total breakdown of law and order.

It would be recalled that there have been clashes between two political factions over disagreement in the tenures of council chairmen in Rivers.

Police spokesperson in Rivers, SP Grace Iringe-Koko said that the clashes had led to the death of a police officer and a vigilance group member in Eberi-Omuma community.

NAN reports that already, Police personnel have taken over all the 23 local council secretariats in the state to avoid further bloodshed.

Okocha said that the clashes could lead to a full brown crisis situation if left unchecked, saying,” this will affect the national economy considering the position of the state”

The APC chieftain called on security agencies to bring those responsible for the disturbances to book.

He said that Gov. Siminalaye Fubara acted wrongly by appointing caretaker committees for the councils.

Okocha said that the Local Government Law No 2 of 2024, had outlawed the use of caretaker committees for local government administration.


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