Politics Crisis Brewing Between Amaechi and Rivers State Police Commissioner?



Rivers state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi may soon be in another battle involving a serving Police commissioner in the state.

Read all about Amaechi's battle with former commissioner of police here

In a statement issued by Ibim Semenitari, Commissioner of Information and Communications, Rivers State on behalf of the Rivers state government, the government expressed concerns over comments alleged to the Rivers CP, Tunde Ogunshakin describing the tour of LGAs by the state governor as political campaigns.

Read Full statement as gotten from Touch Port Harcourt,


The attention of the Rivers State Government has been drawn to a statement credited to the Commissioner of Police warning the Governor of Rivers State about campaigning during his ward tours. The Rivers State Government is worried about the tone of the statement accredited to CP Ogunshakin and concerned about the implication of the same.

For the purposes of clarification and emphasis, the administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi considers participation a key element of democratic rule and good governance. As a result. It has consistently embarked on stewardship accountability fora and stock taking since Governor Amaecji assumed office in October 2007. Town hall meetings, meet the people tours and engagement with professional groups and other publics is neither novel nor strange with the Amaechi regime. The alleged comments of the CP appear curious especially coming on the heels of the overtly political purported endorsement on Minister of state for education Nyesom Wike for governor by some members of the Rumuepirikom community and the visit of the wife of the President to Local government areas in Rivers State.

While the purpose of these obvious political gatherings of the PDP is campaign for 2015 CP Ogunshakin appears unable to see or hear any evil. The Rivers State Government is conscious of this but wishes to reassure CP Ogunshakin that it is not a brigand nor an irresponsible government. Governor Amaechi has clearly stated that the purpose of his ward tours is to find out the impact of his numerous projects on the people at the grassroots and what gaps still exist to enable him cross all T's and dot all the i's as his administration finishes it's last lap. We can state unequivocally that we will not disregard the rules of engagement and that when we are set for campaign, it will be clear not just to the Rivers State police command but to the entire world. We will it hid our glowing light under a bushel, however we would wish to respectfully request CP Ogunshakin to be even handed in his caution and ensure that what is sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gender. Ultimately, the people are his employers and it is first to God and then to Nigeria it's citizens that he must owe his ultimate allegiance.


Ibim Semenitari
Commissioner of Information and Communications, Rivers State

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