Crackdown On Amaechi's Aides Begin As IG Summons CSO, ADC, House Leader
...As Rivers Police Declare Chidi Lloyd Wanted
SAN FRANCISCO, July 17, (THEWILL) – The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has summoned the Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Honourable Chidi Lloyd, as well as the Chief Security Officer to Rivers State Governor, Rt. Honourable Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, Tony Iwelu; and the Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to the Rivers State Governor, Ag.ASP Debeware-Semeikumo, in what appears to be a crackdown on pro-Amaechi persons in the state, over their role in the recent House of Assembly brawl.
The IGP however was silent on Hon. Evans Bipi, a member of the House and loyalist of First Lady Patience Jonathan, who had openly acknowledged on an amateur video recording that he started the fracas in the House by punching Lloyd and the Speaker of the House on the face repeatedly.
Bipi, who also led thugs to the House, was also seen on video trying to disarm a policeman at the entrance of the chamber of the House.
The IGP also failed to invite the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Joseph Mbu, the biased and partisan officer, who despite acknowledging receiving a formal request from the Speaker to provide adequate security in the House of Assembly on that fateful day, failed to do so and thus gave thugs unfettered access to the House complex.
Mr. Mbu has since been conniving with the anti-Amaechi groups to fuel the political crisis rocking the state.
In the same vein, the Rivers State Police Command has also declared Mr. Chidi Lloyd, wanted in connection with the July 9 crisis in the assembly.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command (PPRO), Mrs. Angela Agabe, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt that Lloyd, the lawmaker representing Emohua constituency in the assembly, was wanted over alleged conspiracy, attempted murder, wounding, and willful damage.
She said that the lawmaker was last seen in the assembly on July 9, and that he failed to respond to police invitation, which she explained, elapsed on July 15.
“The Rivers State Police Command has declared wanted, one Honourable Chidi Lloyd, a native of Emohua, in Emohua Local Government Area, Rivers State.
“About 37 years of age, he is the Majority Leader of the Rivers House of Assembly. He was involved in a case of conspiracy, attempted murder, wounding, and willful damage on the 9th of July 2013.
“The crime is being investigated by a special team from the Inspector-General of Police in collaboration with the state Criminal Investigation Division, Rivers command.
“He was last seen at the Rivers State House of Assembly on the 9th of July 2013. All efforts to trace his whereabouts have so far proved abortive,” she said.
The full text of the statement by the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja summoning the trio reads:
“Subject: RIVERS STATE CRISIS: IGP SUMMONS LEADER OF THE HOUSE, ADC AND THE CSO
Ref No: CZ:5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.1/ Date: 17rd July, 2013
The Editor/News Manager,
RIVERS STATE CRISIS: IGP summons leader of the House, ADC and the CSO
In continuation of its investigation into the Rivers State House of Assembly crisis, the Nigeria Police Force has summoned the leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Chidi Lloyd, the Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to the Rivers State Governor, Ag.ASP Debeware-Semeikumo, and the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the Governor, Tony Iwelu to report to Force CID, Force Headquarters, Abuja for an interview in respect of their roles as seen in the video clips in circulation.
It would be recalled that in the video clips, a man carrying a mace and another in Police Uniform as well as other security details were seen conducting themselves in a questionable and uncomplimentary manner. The invitation therefore seeks to obtain further details that will assist proper investigation into the matter.
Meanwhile, the IGP has reminded Police personnel on various legitimate assignments particularly those attached to VIPs to always remain mindful of their conduct and ensure that they uphold the professional ethics, traditions and best practices of the Force at all times. He further warns that any officer found acting in ways inconsistent with extant laws and regulations of the Force will be severely dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land.
CSP FRANK E. MBA
DEPUTY FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, FORCE HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA.”