Rivers Govt shocked at new CP’s remark

Rotimi Amaechi, Rivers State governor

The Rivers State Government has expressed shock over a remark credited to the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Dan Bature, that certain comments allegedly made by Governor Chibuike Amaechi were designed to provoke him (Bature).

Mr. Bature, who was recently deployed to the state, was reported in the media as saying that Mr. Amaechi’s alleged comment that he was posted to the state to install the governor’s successor from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was meant to provoke him.

“I have deliberately decided not to respond to Governor Amaechi’s insinuation that I was posted to Rivers state Police Command on the behest of Mrs. Pateince Jonathan to enthrone Governor Amaechi’s successor at the 2015 gubernatorial election at all cost,” Mr. Bature said.

“I don’t think there is any reason for me to respond to comments made by the Governor as regards my posting. For the records, I came to Rivers State on a normal mandate. I came to Rivers State on a clear mdandate. I came because there was a vacuum created by the promotion of my predecessor, Assistant Inspector General, AIG, Tunde Ogunshakin.’

In a statement by its Commissioner for Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari, on Monday, the state government said it wondered what the governor said that was meant to provoke the police boss.

It said although it was constrained to respond to Mr. Bature’s remark, there were deliberate attacks launched against the governor “in order to pitch an innocent man against his guest”.

The government said in recent publications and broadcasts, it was widely reported that Mr. Amaechi launched a verbal attack against the Commissioner of Police.

“In reaction, as was later reported too, in the media, CP Bature claimed Gov. Amaechi made the alleged remark to provoke him. But what are the facts?” it said.

The statement added, “The PUNCH and THE NATION, two newspapers not owned by the Rivers State Government, reported what were supposed to be their stories. Neither Governor Amaechi nor the Rivers State Government had any link with the source or particulars of the said story.

“In the reports, the newspapers said the new Rivers Police Commissioner had been instructed by the Presidency (both papers fingered the First Lady) to use draconian style and tactics in causing crisis in Rivers State. Additionally, The PUNCH and THE NATION reported that Mr. Bature was to tackle Governor Amaechi, his supporters and Rivers people and then install a preferred governor for the state.

“THE NATION fingered the Presidency (again, the First Lady) in Bature’s deployment to Rivers State for the purpose of executing the said script. In no section of the story was Governor Amaechi named as source, or, alluded to as accessory to source either by direct or third person link.”

It reassured the CP that despite the obvious gospel of hate against the governor, he was welcomed to Rivers State.

It added, “In addition the Commissioner of Information and Communications and a state government delegation paid an official courtesy to CP Bature and even held a one-to-one meeting with the leadership of the Rivers State Police Command as a fallout of the original story that had made the news round.

“Assurances of mutual respect were shared at the meeting held at the Command’s headquarters. The Rivers State Government secured a binding commitment from the police that the new CP was going to work as a professional, not a politician, or, partisan. The Rivers State Government representatives left with that commitment, and true to the spirit of the dialogue, CP Bature mobilised his officers and men to provide security at the just concluded Port Harcourt International Fashion Week. We thank CP Bature and the entire Rivers state Police Command.

“It was therefore, with shock that we read comments attributed to the CP against the Governor. Well, we may take it that CP Bature must have been quoted out of context.

“We made bold to put it on record that at no time did Governor Amaechi speak ill of CP Bature. Except on the day AIG Tunde Ogunshakin, out-gone CP, and Mr. Bature visited the Governor at the Government House, at no other time had the governor met the CP or made any remark about or to him. So, we were shocked over the CP’s recent remarks that Governor Amaechi’s reported comments were meant to provoke him.”

The statement also said that “that for the avoidance of doubt we wish to reassure the new Commissioner of Police that the Rivers State Government stands by its pledge to work with the CP and a non-partisan Police Command.”


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  • redeem

    The nation is owned by Tinubu the leader of APC———–so this does not come to me as a shock–did the nation not insult Awos wife–almost called her a whore?———————————I have been blacklisted by Punch–Daily trust ati d Nation because of my support of Jonathan–ati sharia reporters–all favorably disposed to the janjaweed arm twisting ati her boko haram like intimidating tactics of APC————————-look at what they have done in rivers—if amaechi did not approve of such rubbish who would after selling his state cheap to APC

    • Contact Point

      You have headache, you are thinking like the CP, in vacuum. Your brain is not functioning like that of a human being.

    • Gbo_lee

      Go and redeem your life please…you always amaze me with your deliberate attempts to avoid serious issues just tp defend your bosses. I wish you a better life…PDP cannot offer you that though just so you know

    • Dr. Kay

      Mr. Redeem you haven’t taken your aro mental pills today now you are spewing out garbage. When is this your paranoia of APC and fixation with anything Tinubu ends? Your janjaweed postings are so outdated because we know who the janjaweeds are ,and it’s your party PDP. At least your comments here are still tolerable that’s why you haven’t been banned. In as much as I don’t like sanctioning people , your tangential postings to all discourse may be a reason to them not airing your views , at least try to be consistent in your psychiatric delusions then you will get more publications and many armies of people who will debate your deluded postings fairly . So redeem go and collect more ego ,you need it to convince us about your above hot air.

    • Duro

      Internet professional commentator, we hear u

  • Contact Point

    Blind supporters of PDPig will read this and still turn it upside down. Watch

  • Ken

    These guys in Rivers think people are fools. Amaechi’s unguarded comments were everywhere. The CP has done well to talk to the Gov. in that manner. people should be careful what they say. The commissioner of Information is just playing to the gallery. Amaechi should learn how to talk.

  • abujakenneth

    The PUNCH and THE NATION, two newspapers not owned by the Rivers State Government but controlled by the Capon of Bourdillion who is Amaechi tiny godfather.

  • Es3

    Incidentally out of the two newspaper houses mentioned here by the Rivers Commissioner for Information, one is outrightly owned by APC while the other is equally owned by APC through the puppets on seat there!!!

    To me, it is a confirmation that Amaechi actually said that rubbish as both papers are registered members of APC?!

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  • mimi

    We are waiting for Ameachi to start again so that evrybdy will understnd tht he is jst a professional in complaining.I wonder if he is not ashamed tht even his wife tht is a woman doesn’t talk & complain like him.I beg u Ameachi to leave dis man to do his work,who was ur candidate for the post of CP for rivers in d first place?,do u expect to be the one to choose a CP for ur state?.Hold it there or holy ghost fire!

  • Lenz

    All this talk about lawmakers and how they are short-changing Nigerians, etc. And yet, we Nigerians are the very people that put them there — to do precisely what they are doing and have been doing since 1999. If this is the not the case, then how is it possible that we escort them (several of them veterans) with glee, collusion and dancing through ‘elections’ to these marbled palaces of extravagance every 4 years?

    If actually Nigerians have a sense of outrage and not just talking for the sake of then let them support our new president in the exercise of extraordinary measures — if necessary — in putting this country on the right path and ensure the wealth of the country is more evenly distributed among the masses in terms of jobs, infrastructure, affordable healthcare, education ,etc.

    But Nigerians will not. Already many are criticizing the president for the little he is doing to kick-start the war against corruption, even employing erstwhile eminent persons in the name of Bishop Kukah to disgrace themselves and their Church by trying to obfuscate and derail the president’s anti-corruption agenda for reward. We actually need Buhari to have the gall of OBJ in some of these issues and use a fair deal of brinkmanship to save this country regardless whose ox is gored. Otherwise we are doomed.

    When Nigerians have really had enough of this madness that is when they will do something about it and wholeheartedly support others in the same vein.