Rivers election: CSOs petition security agencies over alleged paid protests

Rivers election: CSOs petition security agencies over alleged paid protests

At least 70 registered Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Rivers state in the evening of Thursday, March 28, alerted the government and security agencies to some alleged impersonators of their various organizations.

According to the CSOs, the impersonators, who were politically motivated, engaged in protests against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the state government.

The CSOs alleged that the sponsored group is headed by one Omenazu Jackson, the chancellor of the International Society of Social Justice and Human Rights and Advocate for Justice.

Signed by 10 of the members, the petitioners said they want the public, the government and the security agencies to know that the protesting group are not part of them and should be prevented from disobeying law and order in the state.

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Read the full petition below:

Rivers election: CSOs petition security agencies over alleged paid protests

The protesters alleged to be sponsored Credit: Rivers State News
Source: Facebook

The attention of the Rivers State Civil Society Organisations, made up of over 70 registered CSOs, has been drawn to malicious impersonations and futile attempts by faceless groups, masquerading as Civil Society Organisations, to drag its name and those of her member organisations to unlawful activities of some compromised protest consultants led by one Omenazu Jackson, who is purportedly the Chancellor of the so-called "International Society of Social Justice and Human Rights and Advocate for Justice’.

Omenazu Jackson had led series of unlawful politically sponsored protests in recent time against the government of Rivers state and INEC, following the suspension of the March 9th gubernatorial and state House of Assembly elections' process by INEC due to violence and widespread interference of the military in the electoral process.

Mr Omenazu Jackson, who is allegedly a card carrying member of a particular political party, had not hidden his partisanship in the matter concerning the Rivers state gubernatorial and state House of Assembly Elections' controversy.

It is disappointing to note that Mr Omenazu Jackson had on Monday, March 25th, under the guise of Civil Society Organizations, staged an unlawful protest to the Rivers state police command headquarters and the DSS command in the state, where he publicly brandished purported election results in favour of one of the gubernatorial candidates, and repeated the same protest to the 6th division, Nigeria Army Port Harcourt on Wednesday, March 27th on a "thank you" solidarity with the Army for the murder of Rivers' sons and daughters during the elections.

Rivers election: CSOs petition security agencies over alleged paid protests

The protesters and their alleged leader Credit: Rivers State News
Source: Facebook

Mr Omenazu Jackson and his group had also threatened to unleash further mayhem in Rivers State if the authorities fail to redeploy the Rivers state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Obo Efanga, whom he barefacedly accused of allegedly colluding with the Rivers state government and a political party to alter the outcome of the elections.

This, in our view, is spurious and unsubstantiated. It is activism taken too far into partisan politics.

We vehemently frown at, and condemn, the activities of Mr Omenazu Jackson and his cohorts, as these pose serious security threats, and are capable of inciting further violence in Rivers State.

His actions are also portraying Civil Society Organizations in the state in bad light, and destroying our hard earn reputation.

We call on security agencies, government and the general public to take note of the activities of these "protest consultants" as the Rivers state Civil Society Organisations, ably led by Comrade Sotonye George, are not party to them.

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For and on behalf of Rivers state Civil Society Organisations

Signed:

Comr. Sotonye George - CHAIRMAN

Comr. Karl Chinedu Uchegbu - Rivers Coalition For Good Governance

Comr. Meshack Uyi - Integrity Group

Comr. Clifford Christopher Solomon - UAD

Comr. Stiv Obodoekwe- CEMEDEC

Comr. Justice Apakawari- ILESEN

Comr. Rev. Sonny Johnson - Civil Liberties Org. (CLO)

Comr. Ipalibo Hebert Osokolo- Youth Of Pan-Africanism

Comr. Sam Odu-eley- Save Youths Foundation

Comr. Christie Iwezor - CDWCD

Legit.ng earlier reported that INEC released schedule of activities for the resumption of election in River state.

The electoral body had suspended electoral processes in the state on March 10, following reported violence.

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