Following Amidst Tenure Dispute Police Take Over Rivers LG Secretariats

Following Amidst Tenure Dispute Police Take Over Rivers LG SecretariatsAs the mandate of the LG chairman comes to an end, the police have taken over the secretariats of four local government councils, escalating tensions in Rivers State.CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>

According to reports from DAILY POST, police vans have been stationed at the entrances of the Port Harcourt City, Obio/Akpor, Ahoada East, and Ogu/Bolo local government areas, effectively securing the premises.

This development comes on the heels of protests by youths in Degema and Asari/Toru LGAs, who occupied their respective council secretariats in opposition to the extension of the outgoing chairmen’s tenure.

The outgoing LG chairmen, who are loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, had their tenure extended by an amended Local Government Law Number 5 of 2018 by the faction of the State House of Assembly headed by Martins Amaewhule.

However, this extension was nullified by a Rivers State High Court ruling on May 21, 2024, which declared the Local Government Law No. 2 of 2024 as inconsistent with the 1999 Constitution.

Despite the court’s ruling, the chairman of Ikwerre LGA, Samuel Nwanosike, has vowed to remain in office, sparking further tensions in the state.

On the other hand, two LG chairmen from Bonny and Opobo/Nkoro, who are loyal to the current governor, Siminalayi Fubara, celebrated the expiration of their tenures with a thanksgiving service on Sunday.CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>