Amaechi’s Hands Are Soiled With Blood – Rivers Government
Amaechi’s Hands Are Soiled With Blood – Rivers Government: P/Harcourt-Barely two days to the Governorship and House of Assembly elections, Rivers State Government has accused the transportation minister, Rotimi Amaechi of masterminding virtually all the political killings in some parts of the state.
Government said “the blood of innocent Rivers people who died during the presidential election in Rivers State are in the hands of the Transport Minister Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi no matter how much he sheds crocodile tears”.
In a statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Barr Emma Okah, apparently reacting to the post-election media briefing by the Minister of Transport in Abuja on Tuesday said Amaechi cannot exonerate himself from the bloodletting in the state.
According Okah, the Transportation Minister is notorious as a purveyor of violence and since 2015 he has not been able to win one single election without resort to violence and use of security agencies. That is why, he moves about with a long convoy of soldiers.
He recollected that Nigerians cannot forget in a hurry that right in the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari during the APC Presidential Campaign Rally in Port Harcourt, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi threatened war in Rivers state to ensure the Presidential Election of February 23, 2019 is rigged in favour of his party.
“Amaechi made good his threat on Saturday 23, 2019 when he worked with compromised security agencies and hired armed thugs to unleash violence on Rivers State. In the process, the Minister’s game plan caused the death of over 30 Persons.
“These killings were confirmed by INEC Electoral Officers who indicted soldiers and the APC for the violence and snatching of electoral materials during the Presidential and National Assembly elections. Amaechi should be held to account for these crimes against Rivers people.
“It is unfortunate that the Minister of Transportation who has sponsored the killing of Rivers people during the Presidential and National Assembly elections will rush to Abuja to lie against Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike who promotes peaceful electioneering and insists that the votes of the people must count”, Emma Okah said.
He further stated that after killing Rivers people, especially PDP members, the Minister of Transportation is now struggling to divert attention of the public by claiming that those killed were members of the APC.
“The killings by Amaechi and security agencies during the last Presidential and National Assembly elections are similar to the killings that they orchestrated during the rerun elections. Amaechi is involved in the promotion of politics of violence simply because the APC is not on ground in Rivers State and the party cannot win a free and fair elections in the state.
“It is unfortunate that after killing Rivers people to promote APC during the last Presidential and National Assembly elections, Amaechi plans to make political capital from the deaths sanctioned by him. This is shameful and must be condemned”.
Speaking on the government’s effort to secure the state, the Commissioner lamented that the formation of the Rivers State Neighborhood Safety Corps Agency was a creation of the law. It was fashioned alongside the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps Agency which is still functional.
It is an agency established to support security agencies with credible intelligence to fight crime. There are Neighborhood Security organizations in Anambra, Kogi, Nasarawa, Edo, Bayelsa, Lagos, Kano States, etc. It is embarrassing that Amaechi worked with the security agencies to frustrate the setting up of the Neighborhood Safety Corps Agency.
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the arrest of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for sponsoring the violence and killing of Rivers people during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.