Amaechi threatens to lead a protest on Saturday
The Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan is worse than late Head of State, Sani Abacha, in terms of human right abuses.
Mr. Amaechi, who spoke, Sunday, in Port Harcourt, was reacting to reported attack on some members of the Save Rivers Movement by gunmen suspected to be militants.
The attack took place at Bori town in Khana Local Government Area. Witnesses said two people were shot. They said the attackers, who were masked, shot directly at people sitting inside vehicles including those belonging to government officials as well as Channels Television.
“There is serious danger for democracy, because what you are seeing here is close to what Abacha was doing. This is an Abacha’s government. Lives were being lost, people were being shot, and journalists were being arrested. This is even worse because governors were not arrested under Abacha,” Mr. Amaechi said.
Mr. Amaechi said he was speaking because he was involved.
“You are a journalist, I don’t know whether you were born when Abacha was alive, if you were, then compare what is going on now and what was happening under Abacha regime, Just compare,” the governor said.
One of the witnesses simply named as Peter also said the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, George Feyii, and the Chief of Staff to Tony Okocha, escaped death by the whiskers during the incident.
The two members of the SRM, who sustained gunshot injuries on their legs, were rushed to the hospital on motorcycles.
Sunday’s incident came a week after the police officers reportedly shot rubber bullets at members of the SRM in Obio/Akpor.
A serving Senator, Magnus Abe, who was reportedly shot with a rubber bullet, has been flown to a London hospital for treatment.
The Bori attack took place at the open field of All Saints’ Anglican Church and there were reports that the attackers smashed vehicle windscreens with their machetes.
Narrating the incident, Peter said, “The attackers came close to our vehicles and shot straight at some of the vehicles. We would have been killed if not for the fact that we ran into the bush.”
Mr. Amaechi accused the Commissioner of Police in the state, Joseph Mbu, of being behind the attacks and taking sides with his political opponents.
He stated that he would be travelling to Bori on Saturday to hold a political rally there and sympathise with the victims. He also dared Mr. Mbu to “attack” him.
“I will be there next Saturday. When they say former President (Olusegun) Obasanjo is lying about snipers and one thousand names, they said Nigeria Police has no rubber bullets. Where did rubber bullets come from? Is it one of the snipers that shot at Magnus Abe? Could it be that they were aiming it at me? But for the first time I will want to expose myself, I will be there. I will be there on Saturday, let them come and shoot,” Mr. Amaechi said.