Anti-Amaechi protesters shut down Port Harcourt

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From CHRIS ANUCHA and TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt

The city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was metaphorically shut down for several hours, yesterday, when some protesters, under the aegis of Rivers Peoples Assembly (RPA) took over the major streets and highways, chanting anti-Amaechi songs. The protesters, who wore white vests and displayed banners with various inscriptions, were demanding that Governor Chibuike Amaechi should account for the two aircraft he inherited from ex-governor Odili and explain the real owner of the grounded jet.

They also want the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) chairman to tell Rivers people what he did with about N1.6 trillion accruing to the state from the federal allocation. The banner-carrying protesters demanded explanation on N1 billion paid by the state government for construction of one -kilometre road. They threatened to make the state ungovernable if Amaechi failed to resign. The aggrieved youths with scores of elderly women, all wearing white T-shirts, with different inscriptions had called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the governor.

Some of the inscriptions read: “Amaechi, where are the two jets Odili left behind?” “Amaechi, who owns the jet?” “Amaechi must go” “Amaechi, you have failed the Rivers people;” “EFCC probe Amaechi” and “Amaechi constructed 1km of road with N1.5 billion.” Those who took part in the “10,000-man march” were said to have been drawn from all the 23 local government areas of the state. They started gathering at the Isaac Boro Park, Mile One, the take-off point as early as 6.30am. Those who arrived at the Isaac Boro Park earlier waited patiently for others who were coming from as far as Bori, Eleme, Etche, Ahoada East, Ahoada West, among others. From the take-off point, they marched to the Government House gate but were not received by any government official. But security men prevented them from advancing further.

The protesters barricaded the entrance to the Government House, preventing vehicles from going in and out of the Government House. Some of them, who came along with their traditional musical instruments were seen beating their drums and singing derogatory songs composed with Amaechi’s name. Heavy traffic was recorded on Aba, Ikwerre, Agrrey, Slaughter roads, among others, as the protesters obstructed movement of people and vehicles for several hours. Tagged Rivers version of “Arab Spring”, the protesters said they would occupy the Government House until Governor Amaechi quits office. But they could not sustain it as many of them were seen leaving the venue, after about three hours because of exhaustion caused mainly by the hot weather. Daily Sun observed that some of the ex-militants were gradually being dragged into the anti-Amaechi campign.

Some of them even took part in yesterday’s protest. For instance, the reporter sighted “General” Ateke Tom. He arrived Isaac Boro Park at about 10.16am and was shielded by his hefty and stern-looking boys, who never allowed him to alight from his car or make people come closer to him. He was later seen engaging in discussions, consulting on phone with people. He was at the protest venue for more than 45 minutes, before he drove off. Another ex-militant, sighted at the venue of the protest was Solomon Ndigbara, otherwise known as Osama Bin Laden, who later spoke to Daily Sun.

Though adjudged peaceful but a group of thugs later hijacked the protest, molesting and extorting money , phone and other from helpless citizen, The Sun reporter. Speaking to Daily Sun later, Chief Solomon Ndigbara (aka Osama bin Laden of Ogoni) told journalists that they would continue the protest , until the governor resigned from office. He stated that governor Amaechi had insulted Rivers people much, especially, the Ogonis, saying that it must stop. ‘’Osama bin Laden’’, who was the first Rivers ex-militant in the State to surrender weapons to the Federal Government, said for the governor to declare him wanted, he and the youths were also declaring him wanted. “He declared me wanted. So, like now, we the Rivers youths have declared him wanted. So, that is why I have come. As he pursued me, now, Rivers youths have pursued him.”

The former militant leader called on the Federal Government to do intervene before it was late. “And, if they (government)do not remove him, a lot of things will happen. Today, is the first day. Tomorrow (Thursday)will continue until we see the end. “We cannot allow him to stay in office . If the federal government knows what is good, they better send him away.” Some of the protesters that marched from the popular Aggrey Road in the state capital, carried a caricature coffin of the governor. Meanwhile, there was heavy presence of armed personnel, with Armoured Personnel Carrier and police vans, positioned at strategic places. Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu said yesterday that he had banned all forms the protest in the state.

He stated this yesterday while briefing journalists at the police Headquarters, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, during the visit of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in-charge of Zone 6, Calabar, Mr. Jonathan Jonathan Johnson in the state. Mbu warned that any group planning to stage a protest should seek approval from the police. “If there will be protest, the people concerned should take permission by writing, or else, if any person or people take law into their hands, they will be arrested and prosecuted. The police will use force to arrest offenders.”

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  1. Amechi is a Northern stooge. He cannot remain amonst us. He wants to be Vice President. Let’s see what happens.

  2. chidi ihenacho on

    that somebody wants to contest election does not make him a law breaker.look at how these shameless retired blood suckers are sounding.no goodthing comes from osamas.ateke and osamas shame to you all

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  4. Motley crowd, sponsored by politicians. All this is because Rotimi Amechi was accused of having a 2015 presidential ambition in which he would become vice president to a Northerner who is now a serving governor. Just call it 2015 governorship ambition.
    Who is asking gov. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state to account for billions he has collected as revenue allocation? Who is asking Akpabio to account for the private jet he owns? It is only when one falls out of favour with powers-that-be that you begin to witness such rubbish and madness.

  5. Gov amaechi make hay while d sun stil shine. Make peace while u can still lay hold of it. Go to ur brother jonathan n ask 4 forgiveness. Pride kills!

  6. YES, PRIDE GOES BEFORE A FALL. HOW DO THE SOUTHERN POLITICIANS THINK? WHAT DO PEOPLE LIKE AMECHI SEE IN THE NORTH THAT IS WORTH DESTROYING THE ONE CHANCE SOUTH SOUTH MAY EVER HAVE IN HUNDRED YEARS TO RULE NIGERIA? IF HE THINKS THOSE JIHADIST HE IS CONSORTING WITH LOVE HIM, THEN HE IS A POLITICAL FOOL. NORTH IS FALLING APART, THE MAJORITY OF THE NORTH,( THE MIDDLE BELT )HAS LONG LEFT THE CAMP OF THE ISLAMISTS, YOU ARE RUNNING IN HEADLONG. SEE HOW THEY MADE AMECHI CONDEMN THE STATE OF EMERGENCY AND LATER TURNED AROUND TO SUPPORT IT, LEAVING AMECHI AN ORPHAN OF THE OPPOSITION. CAN’T THAT MAN LEARN A LESSON?

  7. Muibi Akeem on

    It is obvious those behind the potential crises in Rivers. What good thing can come out of the protesters especially the ex militants.If you deeply look inward, Ameachi is a blessing to the state but some stupid selfish politician in Abuja are at work.Am unbiase man from south west,it’s logical for the the good citizen of Rivers to rally round the governor and give him absolute support.

  8. Kings Kings on

    Ejike from New York cannot understand the politics in Nigeria. What do you mean by saying ‘God bless Amaechi’? Amaechi has defrauded Rivers got of trillion of Naira and you there saying God to bless him. God should punish him. Let ICPC and EFCC pick him up now !

    • Ejike, New York. on

      I understand the dynamics of Nigerian politics as one who lived in Nigeria and could read the body language of people not only politicians.

  9. In the politics of today’s Nigeria, any south south or south east politician still hobnobbing with the arrogant north in a subservient manner against the immediate and future interest of his people is digging his or her political grave.The time is past when the interest of the old eastern region is sold for mere pot of porridge without qualms from anybody. So Amechi and his likes, i.e, Owelle Rochas, had better wake up and correct their political miscalculations in tune with the present trend of UNITY; I repeat again, UNITY between the South South and South East (Old Eastern Nigeria) b4 it is too late for them. A word they say, should be enough for the wise.

  10. uzowuru b.c. on

    What manner of democracy is nigeria practicing please. If Jonathan was treated the way Amaechi is being treated he would not have been President. An intelligent Vice President may attract quality development to his area than a President without focus. Those causing trouble because of money dashed to them should think twice as tomorrow is there to vindicate the just.

  11. Protesters called on EFCC to probe the governor. Let them do so fast. All in all, “The beautiful ones are not yet born”, not even among the protesters. I praise God for being so patient with evil humanity.

  12. Contact Point on

    The protest is not just because of the office of the Governor, nor what the person has done in terms of good work or bad, but because Amaechi Chubike is an Igbo man hence these silly stupid people (Ateke Tom, Asari, GEJ) will not allow him rest. I have had a first hand experience of this stupidity from the so called Ijaw and Ogoni people who strongly believes that Rivers is theirs and not for any Igbo man to come and lead (rule) I see no sin of Amaechi that give the criminals the audacity to the glaring look of police and other security agencies to try to intimidate a serving governor elected by over 2 million Rivers people. Where is the Ohaneze Nd’Igbo, Aka Ikenga group, MASSOB, BZM, as well as Bilie Human Rights Initiatives? It is time they call these thieves to order else, the Igbos in River State will equally take up arms against the entire River State. No tribe or ethnic group can claim monopoly of violence, so let them be warned.

  13. @contacct point i disagree with you,stop this tribalism is killing nigeria ,go staright to the point and try to other stand wht is at stake,LET AMECHI MAKE PEACE WITH HIS PEOPLE PERIOD

  14. @ Contact point ..plzzz…look b4 u leap. meaning say what u kno.I was born in Rivers state. Amaechi is d worst Gov. with a very harsh…poor Igbo/Rivers relationship. Plz…travel b4 u start calling on MASSOB ..and odas . D Gov. wit d Best relationship is Sir. Dr. Odlili,,despite all odds. Amaechi haz dealt wit d Igbos dia personally….So don’t even talk, dat he hails from d Igbo tribe …If yes where …? Even Faraway Fashola relates beta wit d Igbos…Akpabio…is indeed an in-law. 2 d IGBOS. Even Amaechi ‘s wife dat hails from Igbo can’t even talk 2 ha husband.

  15. So just because Amaechi is nursing VP ambition he is now a bad man. So River,s people do not know that there billions are missing until Amaechi,s romance with the north.
    Lets tell ourselves the truth. GEJ is behind Amaechi,s problem and he will fail..
    Using those crooks to cause confusion in Rivers will soon hunt him down.
    One thing is certain, no one will be president in Nigeria without the North , belive it or not.
    Just ordinary boko haram all of us are shaking then what will happen when there generals said no we support you.
    No one is supporting evil but I think it is better for us to make peace in this country.
    I do not care were you come from, all I care is. CAN YOU MAKE THIS NATION BETTER FOR EVERYONE ?? I will vote for the person even if he comes from the MARS.
    Politicians should stop this there divide and rule game. It is now old fashion.

  16. Ameachi arrogancy n pride got him in his present situation dey say he is intelligent bt he shud hav know dat u don’t poke d commander general of fgn n go scot free only God can help him now dats only if he repents

  17. wisdom ndubuisi on

    abia youths where are u? U guy should organize d same kind of protest against dat moronic,lazy and imbecilic old man u cal your governor

  18. Look out 4 good on

    @Evans, I dnt knw what you mean by that statement that no one can become president of Nigeria without the north…does power belong to them? They have no say anymore on who becomes president.. They wll nt rule again. As for Amechi, think very well and dnt let pride and wealth of the Rivers state deciev you.

  19. Kalu J. Okafor on

    Like Amaechi, like Okorocha. 2 saboteurs. The days of Okorocha’s irrelevance in politics are fast approaching. Amaechi and Okorocha have shot themselves in the leg. They can’t fool us.

  20. Yes @ look out 4 good, no one will become the president without the northern states.
    Unless we are talking of rigging then I will say yes it is possible if not, then check the calculation, can south east and south south votes make Jonathan president ?
    You and I know that PDP cannot win south west. so tell me were will Jonna get the vote to rule till thy kingdom come..
    No sentiment, GEJ needs to buckle up now and work so that everyone will agree that , yes he perform but if we think it is by this push me I push you we are doing here or by noise Asari , Edwin Clark or Alams are making that will make him president, then he better wake up from his dreams his luck is running out.

  21. ALL THIS ARE GOOD FOR JONATHAN,I HOPE WHEN THE NORTH WILL START THEIR PROTECT WHICH IS COMING VERY SOON,HE WILL NOT CALL OUT THE ARMY.

    AMAECHI DID NOT TAKE ANY ACTION AGAINST THE PEOPLE DEMONSTRATING AS A GOOD DEMOCRAT,JONATHAN WILL NOT CONTEST 2015 PRESIDENTIAL HE WILL BE BEATEN AT THE PRIMARY.

  22. Amechi is like a sheep that detarch its self from the sheepfold so such sheep is lost, any body suporting boko haram north and their killing and bombing intention can not be allowed to be a governor in this part of the nation, Amechi should appologise or quit. Anybody that gives a minute suport to the north have seized to be our own and can not be allowed to lead us, such person is an enemy, Amechi have grabed so much money, what else did he need, he just wickedly want to lead us back to slavery God forbid.

  23. Ojo Olajiga on

    your votes is not enough for Jonathan to become a Nigeria president come 2015. you DUMB and MERCHANTS OF DOOM.

  24. People should leave GEJ out of Ameachi’s problem with his River’s politicians/people. Ameachi should put his house in order first; by making peace with his people at home. Charity begins at home & he has just one vote like everyone else. Let him swallow pride & reconcile with other stakeholders in Rivers PDP. Must everything be blamed on GEJ even when he may have nothing to do with it? I only have respect for people who come out with facts to support their arguments & positions not otherwise. What is happening in Rivers may be much more than we hear/read/see. Those who know are not yet willing to say the truth. However, some people due to emotion & sentiment would have GEJ blamed but that is being unfair the President. People should Have the depth & open mind to think & reason without jumping to conclusion. GEJ may not be part of all this as they think. So we must all learn to make sound deductions in other not to eat up every trash fed us. Nobody has heard GEJ say anything on this matter because, I believe he has no time non-issues.

  25. How come just became a devil overtime ! You can fool some people sometime but you can not fool all the people all the time .

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