Police, Amaechi clash in Abuja as APC supporters block Force Headquarters

In the run up to the 2015 elections, the police warned Amaechi to remain in his state.

The authorities of the Nigerian Police and the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, clashed in Abuja on Wednesday after a rally organised by the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

The APC, which held what it termed “Salvation Rally”, was said to have marched to the Police Headquarters with some of its supporters to lodge a complaint with the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Suleiman Abba.

On getting to the gates of the Louis Edet House, the procession, which the police said was led by the party’s Chairman, John Oyegun, and Mr. Amaechi, were barred from entering the premises to deliver the party’s message to Mr. Abba.

Apparently frustrated, the APC leaders and supporters blocked the entrance to the expansive compex housing top officials of the Nigeria’s Police Force.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the party leaders and supporters sang solidarity songs in front of the police headquarters.

The APC leaders and supporters were said to have left the location when it became obvious that the IGP would not give them audience.

In an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES, the Police Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, alleged that Mr. Oyegun and Mr. Amaechi led APC supporters to disrupt normal activities at the Force headquarters.

“After the party finished its rally here in Abuja, the APC chairman and Amaechi led a large crowd of supporters and said they wanted to see the IG without any prior notice. When they were stopped, they barricaded the Force Headquarters,” Mr. Ojukwu said.

Inspector General Abba later issued a statement, expressing resentment at the blockade of the gates to the Force headquarters by supports of the opposition party, and advising political parties to take their campaigns to the electorate and stop disrupting government activities.

Mr. Abba bared his mind in a statement signed by the police spokesperson, Mr. Ojukwu.

Part of the statement read, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, hereby advices political leaders to take their campaigns to the electorate, rather than engage in disruption of government activities and daily chores of Nigerians engaged in the pursuit of their lawful businesses.

“The IGP further urges members of the political class and their followers who have grievances to seek redress in the court of law, rather than disturb the peace of innocent, law abiding citizens.

“These admonitions are the fallout of an ugly event today, Wednesday November 19, 2014 when some politicians led by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Governor Rotimi Amaechi, barricaded the entrance gates of the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, Abuja.”

In spite of what the police described as the uncivilised conduct of the APC leaders and supporters, Mr. Abba said the police exhibited maximum restraint.

Repeated attempts by this newspaper to speak with the leadership of the APC and Mr. Amaechi failed as calls to their mobile telephones were not answered.

Mr. Amaechi’s Chief Press Secretary, David Iyofor, who sent a terse reply, said, “It was an APC party event. Please speak with Lai Mohammed.”


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  • emmanuel

    Ameachi is trying to make himself popular to secure their VP Aspirant slot, but failed to realised he has become notorious. This is outside the huge sums of River State monies he doles out to the APC. Fashola has not matched Amaechi yet in spending for the APC.

    River State suffered during Odili’s second Term on the account of similar ambition

    Odili relocated to Abuja after his failed presidential ambition. I am sure Abuja will not contain Jonathan and Amaechi after 2015, because his master will not win and Rivers people will ask for their money

    • Olla Kellany

      Story for the gods. How much has Jonathan Ebele spent to be in aso rock beyond 2015. ?

    • Notting but the truth

      Emmanuel, Olla is asking you a question please answer ” how much is Jonathan spending to pave way for 2015?”

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Amaechi is not notorious. He is by far more popular and respected than your hero. He has shown class and gut at a time otherwise respectable people have sold their conscience for a mess of porridge.

      Your hatred of Amaechi shows through in your vicious intervention, but he stands head and shoulders above you all!

      • Peter

        To fools like you, abi?

        • Leslie

          Why do you resort to abuses?

          • Mosaku 147

            Because he wasn’t brought up in a family. He is an orphan.

          • Peter

            The three of you – Mosaku, Leslie and Truth Master ati Dr Kay – all of you are Fulani slaves. Idiots.

        • Mosaku 147

          Note that nobody has the monopoly of insults,so respect your mouth please.

        • TRUTH MASTER

          Only those who are ill-bred and those without pedigree will turn a public forum into a theater of abuse!

      • Kingso Succedo

        Ameachi is a taout and a big disgrace to our lovely ikwerre ethnic but nemesis will fall on him

        • TRUTH MASTER

          At least he is not a TOUT!

  • Oweja

    A no bilif say Amaechi fit enter inside the den to harass the “Lion”! Where Mbu con run go na???

    • King Carlos

      Na true u talk o

  • Wise Head

    How many minutes does Rotimi Amaechi even spend in Port Harcourt weekly where he is supposed to be functioning as the governor of Rivers State? Who funds all these his infantile gallivanting across the nation to stage one drama or the other? Shouldn’t it be clear to him that he has become such an irritant to a growing number of Nigerians?

    • Mosaku 147

      What about Akpabio and Mimiko that ondo civil servants/market-men now call Abuja dollar ATM. Wada nko? No be Abuja be im home? Talk another thing I beg!

      • Wise Head

        So, because another governor is guilty of the same offence makes it okay – in the thinking of the APC? So, if that is the case, what is the difference between the two parties? Is this then “change” the APC is proposing to give Nigerians? Indeed, APC has proved it is worse than the PDP; so much worse. Progressives my foot!

  • Wise Head

    Well, another successful drama presentation by Rotimi Amaechi at the Force Headquarters, starring Elder John Oyegun.
    No matter, that is the way to be a progressive. If Gen Buhari’s wins the elections, this is how he should constitute his APC Cabinet in order to really sanitize Nigeria and usher in peace, progress and prosperity. Below is the list of the proposed cabinet

    Bola Tinubu — Finance Minister/EFCC Chairman
    Atiku Abubakar — Governor of Central Bank
    Imam Abubakar Shekau — Minister of Defence
    Oluremi Tinubu — Minister of Petroleum
    Dr. Junaid Mohammed — Minister of Peace/National Integration
    Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola — Minister of Religious Dialogue
    Lai Mohammed — Minister of Propaganda
    Rotimi Amaechi — Nollywood Minister in charge of Political drama and Private Jet Acquisitions
    Rabiu Kwnkwaso — Minister of state for Peace and Political Maturity
    Bukola Saraki —- Minister of Failed Banks Revival
    Nasir el-Rufai —- Minister of Social Media
    Emir Sanusi L. Sanusi — Minister of Women Affairs
    Murtala Nyako — Director of Due Process and Budgeting/Minister of State for Women Affairs

    • Psalm 35

      hahahaha

      • Peter

        No, he will go into self-exile, possibly to some friendly jihardist northern countries.

    • PROF

      Amechi will need ota pia pia when GEJ wins

    • UYI111

      I hail oh no amendment to the list.

    • Magenta

      Accepted and still better than this kindergarten nemesis

  • T

    Citizens of a lazy society! people that are suppose to go to the street to fight for their rights are busy posting insults on social media, the easiest means of communication. Its unfortunate that its the reach that are now coming out to salvage us. What a pathetic nation

    • Mosaku 147

      Lazy minds too. The painful aspect of most e-rats is that they are a very poor people without livelihood.they struggle to feed,no decent shelter,can’t meet their life’s basic obligations. The laptops and gadgets they use are mostly bought as tokunbo or gift from benefactors,business cafe’s they use are dirty places. They only know how to insult because they had no proper upbringing. What a pathetic nation indeed.

  • aboki

    That how unruly and frustrated these janjaweed has become. Rotimi Amaechi is seeking relevance by fowl means. I pity the old man Oyegun who is being used to do all this.

  • Major

    Rubbish! where was the IGP when PDP blocked the whole city centre last week?

  • Valiant

    APC is beginning to manifest pre-loss trauma.Bunch of delinquents

  • dan

    Amaechi, stop drinking that energy drink, it is not good for your kidney! I thought he has an adviser and commissioner on health!

    • Yasin

      I thought I was the only one that took note. Red Bull? So where is your real natural energy?

  • Dr. Kay

    I In a civilized society all protests against the authorities are always met by a designated official to receive the demands of the protesters and come back at an appropriate time with response to their demands. This potbellied, pepper soup drinking imbecile is showing his partisan delineation by refusing to meet with the protesters and claiming they should go and meet the electorate,what a cheeky incompetent dumbolet

  • Peter

    APC and its unruly class. This is exhibiting the kind of animal kingdom they intend to run if that political party should win the forthcoming presidential election. God forbid hooliganism in our body politics.

    • Dr. Kay

      Go tell that to shettima the katsina state governor mr clean pdpigs member!

  • Otile

    Why is Judas Iscariot Rotimi disgracing himself again? He must leave Rivers and relocate to Osun. Odale

    • AIYEKOTO

      IF Rotimi is Judas Iscariot, who betrayed only one person n of the amed, Jesus, he must be better than Jonathan who is Nigeria’s EPHIALTES the man who Before Jesus was born betrayed the GREEK PEOPLE to the Persians which led to the defeat of the Greeks at the battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. Jonathan has betrayed Nigeria in 2014 just like EPHIALTES betrayed the Greeks in 480 BC.

  • Frank Bassey

    Nigeria will NEVER be ruled by motor-park politicians.

  • Joe

    Amaechi is drinking red bull energy drink so that he have more energy to terrorize nigerian police. It’s good to have immunity in an uncivilized society. Ikwerri people are peace loving people, but I could not understand this guy.

  • G4

    Amaechi is FIGHTER!!! God bless you. See him drinking red bull

  • Usman

    who is the IG that prior notice ought to be given to him before he is seen?, he is our servant he ought to listen to us anytime

    • GbemigaO

      Hear yourself.!

  • Usman

    Ameachi should either be the presidential or the running mate of the APC candidate