- Nyesom Wike bans all protests relating to the 2019 elections in Rivers state
- The governor's order comes hours after a protest by a group against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
- Some CSOs earlier petitioned security agencies claiming that they have been impersonated by the protesters
The governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, on the night of Thursday, March 28, announced a ban on all public protests arising from the recent elections in the state.
Wike’s decision came hours after an earlier protest by some groups which accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of bias during the presidential, governorship and House of Assembly elections.
“All security agencies are directed to enforce the ban in the interest of public peace, safety and order in the state.
“The public is requested to comply with this interim measure as defaulters will have themselves to blame,” a short statement by Emma Okah, the state’s commissioner for information and communications, said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that at least 70 registered Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Rivers state in the evening of Thursday, March 28, alerted the government and security agencies of 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.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently released a 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.
In a statement signed by Edwin Enabor on behalf of INEC on Wednesday, March 27, INEC said the process will continue on April 2.
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The statement reads “According to the timetable, a stakeholders’ meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, while the resumption of collation and announcement of results will hold between April 2 and 5.
"Supplementary elections will be conducted where necessary on April 13, results will be announced between April 13 and 15, while certificates of return will be issued on April 19."
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