- The Rivers state government has accused some politicians of trying to force emergency rule in the state
- The allegation was made by the state commissioner for information, Paulinus Nsirim
- Nsirim claimed the plotters are trying to force emergency by causing breakdown of law and order in Rivers
The Rivers state government has alleged that some unnamed politicians in Abuja are plotting to force emergency rule in the state.
The state commissioner for information and communications, Paulinus Nsirim, made the claim in a statement on Wednesday, May 19, The Nation reports.
Though Nsirim did not mention names, he pointed out that those behind the plot were citizens of the state residing in Abuja.
He claimed the plotters were trying to force the declaration of a state of emergency by causing a breakdown of law and order in Rivers.
The commissioner said part of the alleged plan was to create unnecessary tension between indigenes of the state northerners. He said some thugs had been hired by the perpetrators to carry out the plan.
Nsirim stated that the Rivers state government was doing to protect the state from COVID-19 but complained that instead of supporting the state’s efforts to check COVID-19, Abuja politicians were busy looking for a way to declare state of emergency in Rivers because they want to acquire power.
Meanwhile, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been asked to prevail on the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike to proceed on mandatory isolation immediately for the next 14 days.
The call was made by a renowned scholar, Dr Uche Igwe, who accused the governor of undue politicization of the fight against COVID-19 in the state.
Dr Igwe said his advise to the NCDC was as a result of the governor's participation in a public event where the protocols of social distancing were not adhered to.
Dr. Igwe also frowned at the governor's resort to outdated ethnic sentiments at a time when he should be concentrating on urgent issues of governance.
In another news report, a total of 25 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have expressed outrage over the recent demolition of two hotels by Governor Nyesom Wike for flouting the lockdown directives of the Rivers state government.
The CSOs include notable civil rights movement like the African Centre for Media & Information Literacy, Socio-economic Rights Action Project, Legal Defence & Assistance Project, Democracy and Human Rights Network among others.
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