CHIBUIKE Rotimi Amaechi, minister of Transportation, has said that the law enforcement agencies would deal decisively with those who break the electoral act during the December 10 legislative re-run elections.
Speaking during the Freedom Thanksgiving Service held in honour of Ojukaye Flag Amachree at Buguma town in Asari Toru Local Government Area, the minister who was represented by Magnus Abe, All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate for Rivers South East Senatorial District in the legislative re-run election, said he was aware of threats by some people to deal with the electoral officials and intimidate members of the public from engaging in their civic duties.
He said the law enforcement agents would deal with anybody who foments trouble.
He cautioned some law enforcement agents who could allow themselves to be induced financially to derelict from their duties, pointing out that such officers were enemies of the Nigerian state and the constitution.
“Any policeman who refuses to carry out his constitutional duties because of anything whatsoever whether by inducement or threat is a traitor to the constitution of Nigeria,” Amaechi said.
The minister said he was aware that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State had been encouraging his supporters to break the law and resist arrest.
“It is the job of the law enforcement agents to arrest those who do not respect the law. So, no governor can give you immunity from arrest. Let Wike send his own brothers to go to the road, break the law and when the police come to arrest them, let them resist arrest. When he has done that then we will know that he has the power to stop the police from arresting criminals when they break the law. People who break the law before, during and after the election will be arrested. People who are members of PDP, APC and they break the law will be arrested,” he said.
The minister, therefore, assured members of the public that nobody was above the law and that there would be adequate maintenance of law and order to enable them cast their votes.
In his own speech, Amachree thanked those who in prayers and efforts made his release possible particularly, the minister of Transportation.
He said he was incarcerated for the crime he did not commit because of his support and loyalty to the APC.
— Dec 5, 2016 @ 18:30 GMT