The Rivers State Government is taking the police and the Department of State Services (DSS) to court for preventing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from holding its much advertised national convention at the Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt last Wednesday.
The police and the DSS sealed up the venue, citing possible breakdown of law and order. But host Governor, Nyesom Wike, and chairman of the convention planning committee yesterday faulted the law enforcement agencies’ action.
The governor said that the people only decided to allow the security agencies have their way out of respect for visitors from other states.
Inaugurating the Peace and Security Committee of the State, Governor Wike said that the state government had decided to seek judicial interpretation on whether the two agencies were right to get involved.
The governor warned against rigging during the forthcoming rerun elections in the state. He charged members of the Peace and Security Committee to work towards promoting security of lives and property within the ambit of the law.
Members of the Committee include the Commander of the NNS Pathfinder, representative of the Nigerian Army, Rivers State Police Commissioner, Director DSS, Comptroller of Prisons, Comptroller of Customs, Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps, Comptroller of Immigration, Commander of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and a representative of the State Traditional Council.
Responding on behalf of the Committee, Navy Commodore Obi Egbuchulam assured that the security agencies would work towards promoting peace in the state for businesses to thrive.