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‘Why heavily armed policemen took over Rivers Assembly quarters’

The Rivers State Police Command has provided an explanation for the deployment of its men to the premises of the House of Assembly quarters.

In a statement on Saturday, the command’s Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe-Koko, said the move was to ensure there is not breakdown of law and order.

Politics Nigeria reports that over 35 fully armed policemen were seen with their vans blocking the entrance gates the assembly quarters on Port Harcourt on Friday.

It would be recalled that the governor of the state, Siminalayi Fubara, had visited the facility of the state legislature in a bid to ascertain the condition of the buildings.

But the occupants, who are the state lawmakers loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Chief Nyesom Wike, led by Rt. Hon. Martin Amaewhule, noted that the buildings were not due for renovation.

However, Iringe-Koko, clarified that the presence of the police in the area was not maintain law and order.

The statement reads: “The Rivers State Police Command wishes to clarify the recent reports regarding our presence at the Rivers State House of Assembly quarters.

“Our deployment in the area is solely aimed at ensuring peace and preventing any possible breakdown of order. We assure the public that there is no cause for alarm, and all individuals are encouraged to continue their lawful activities without fear.

“Your cooperation is greatly appreciated as we work towards maintaining a safe and secure environment for all.”

Meanwhile, the Tivers State High Court has suspended 25 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly who are loyal to FCT minister, Nyesom Wike.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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