PDP frowns at pressure on police by Amaechi to release hoodlums

The recent revelation by the Rivers State Police Command about the persistent pressure to let off the hook some persons under its detention for various criminal offences by Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has been described as not only shocking but also more criminal and self explanatory of the kind of person Amaechi is.

This was the view of Bro Felix Obuah, the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Obuah’s view was as contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Jerry Needam, on Thursday.

The state PDP chairman said he takes exception to a situation where the state chief executive will be mounting pressure on law enforcement agencies to release, not to arrest or detain undesirable elements, having closed down the courts where such criminal cases should be tried after police investigation.

This, to Obuah, explains why cases of kidnapping, cultism, killings and other sundry acts are on the increase under Amaechi’s watch as have never been witnessed in the history of the state.

More worrisome, the PDP chairman remarked, is the continued claim by Amaechi that such criminals and suspects are members of his party, the All Progressives Congress.

Obuah said this calls for deeper investigation because it is not ordinary.

“To us, Governor Amaechi is not only a sponsor of this crime syndicate but also an accomplice, perhaps, using the billions of naira security vote for his office which he has failed to appropriately and judiciously use to sustain these acts of lawlessness,” the PDP boss reasoned.

Obuah added: “It’s also common sense that all the noise and accusations against the State Police Command of arresting 400 APC supporters and still plotting to arrest over 300 more of APC leaders are only aimed at stampeding the Police to release these suspects.

“The exaggeration of the number of such suspects and detainees from six to 400 APC members by Amaechi is also an evidence that he (Amaechi) is up to some games.

“We are however reassured by the response of the State Police Commissioner, Dan Bature that there is no cause for fear of arrests except if one is plotting to indulge in any of such criminal acts including unlawful possession of fire arms among others.”