Tinubu and PDP governors successfully prevent Fubara’s removal as Rivers crisis escalates with the arrest of protesters.

admin November 1, 2023
Updated 2023/11/01 at 7:14 AM

On Tuesday, President Bola Tinubu and the governors of the Peoples Democratic Party intervened to halt the impeachment proceedings against Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

The President met with Governor Fubara and his predecessor, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Nyesom Wike, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed revealed this information after the first meeting of the Nigeria Police Council during the Tinubu administration.

Both Wike and Fubara were present at the meeting, where they were seen shaking hands. However, security personnel suppressed any media coverage of the event, threatening eviction from the Presidential Villa for any media outlet that published photos or videos.

According to The PUNCH, some cameramen revealed that certain individuals were instructed not to capture photos or videos of two men, and those who had already done so were asked not to publish them.

Meanwhile, approximately 120 young individuals were apprehended by the police in Port Harcourt for protesting against the governor’s potential impeachment.

Sources stated that these youths had made an unsuccessful attempt to invade the official residence of Martin Amaewhule, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, in Port Harcourt. However, they were driven away by gunshots fired by the police.

The protesters were demanding Amaewhule’s removal, asserting that he no longer held the position of House Speaker. They tried to forcibly enter the speaker’s residence by attempting to bring down the gates, but the police promptly intervened and arrested some of them.

A youth was struck by a stray bullet and immediately taken to the hospital due to excessive bleeding. Thankgod, a member of the Ijaw Youths Council, criticized the arrest, clarifying that they were peacefully protesting the events at the state House of Assembly.

The protest was against some lawmakers who claimed to have signed a notice of impeachment against the governor. Thankgod emphasized that they were unarmed during the peaceful demonstration.

Videos shared online depicted the youth seated on the ground at the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau in Port Harcourt.

Additionally, the state Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Chijioke Ihunwo, was among those arrested. Prior to his arrest, Ihunwo stated that the youth occupation would persist until they were assured of Fubara’s safety.

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