by Isi Esene
The Rivers Commissioner for Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari has described as worrisome the actions of protesters who reportedly prevented four northern governors from exiting the Port Harcourt International Airport on a visit to the embattled governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi.
The commissioner denied that the governors were held hostage as widely reported saying Amaechi got to the airport and waited for the arrival of his fellow governors.
She reportedly said, “What happened at the airport was worrisome. Amaechi waited for all his colleagues. They were not held hostage. The bus carrying the Commissioners was damaged and some other vehicles were smashed by the protesters.”
The visiting governors, Mua’ azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger state, Dr. Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Kano State and Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State had in a joint statement after meeting the governor condemned the action of the police in the state which they considered partisan.
They added that after interacting with Amaechi and other persons, they have come to the conclusion that the conduct of the police could force state governments to reconsider their position on contributing financially towards the funding the Nigeria Police.
Some of the cars in the convoy of the governors were smashed with stones by the protesters.