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Politics Rivers CP 'Joseph Mbu' Bans Political Rallies

Mr. Joseph Mbu, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, has banned all forms of political rallies within the state. He further prohibited the activities of certain organisations such as the Grassroots Development Initiative, Save Rivers Movement, and the Rivers Leadership Advancement Foundation.

Announcing the ban, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, spokesperson for the Rivers state police command said the decision to ban political activities of the three groups followed increasing political tension in the state.

Part of the issued statement read,"The Rivers State Police Command wishes to inform members of the public that as a result of increasing political tension in the state, The Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Police Command, has banned all political rallies in the State under whatever coloration or name.

"Accordingly, all public activities involving rallies of Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), Save Rivers Movement (SRM), Rivers Leadership Advancement Foundation (RIVLEAF) and whatever other names, are hereby banned.

"Rivers State Police Command will not, I repeat, will not provide security for any group in whatever guise.
Party membership drive is allowed strictly as stipulated in Electoral Act 2010 as amended and INEC regulations".

Meanwhile, the Rivers state government and the Rivers chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP are currently at loggerheads following the ban, a blame game is playing out with everybody accusing everybody for the ban.

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