The Rivers State House of Assembly stood down plenary yesterday and discussed invasion of the state’s judiciary complex last Friday, describing the action as needless, and a threat to lives of the people of the state.
The House under the leadership of the speaker, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, said it would petition President Muhammadu Buhari, the United Nations (UN), as well as the European Union (EU) and the Commonwealth of Nations over the invasion. According to the lawmakers, the petition was aimed at ensuring the safety of Rivers people in the face of premeditated assault by the APC Federal Government and its agents.
They expressed fear that there could be breakdown of law and order in the state if the situation was not checked before the 2019 general election, noting that the attack on the judiciary was a typical sign of what to expect in the year 2019 of election.
The Speaker “What we are doing here is to save this state, it may not happen in your own time, but when success is recorded, you must be able to know that history will have it to your favour. “All of us are aware of what happened on Friday, for me it was proper and fit for us to address our minds and also say the truth to the world, for the world to understand doing as legislators and as members of the eighth assembly of the state.
“For me an attack on the judiciary is an attack on the people, it is not a question of party, it is not only party that seeks redress in the court of law, the court is meant for the mighty.”
The resolution to write the petition 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 May 11. The motion was seconded by the member representing Bonny State constituency, Abiye Pepple.
The house leader noted with sadness that no arrest had 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).