Panel Interrogates Amaechi on Rivers Crisis


The investigation panel headed by Deputy Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Operations, Philemon Leha, has questioned Governor Rotimi Amaechi on the festering political crisis in Rivers State.

The panel was said to have visited the governor last week during which he gave his own account of the impasse in the state.

A top police revealed on Thursday that Amaechi spoke in camera to the panel members and answered some questions put to him by on the crisis.

“The panel has interrogated a whole lot of people in Port Harcourt and even Amaechi has had an audience with the panel.

“The panel visited Amaechi and he spoke to them. They did that as part of their own investigation; he was asked some questions and he answered them, he met them in camera when the DIG (Leha) was in Port Harcourt,” the source stated.

Investigations revealed that the panel decided to visit the governor in his office to ‘interview’ him on the crisis because Amaechi has constitutional immunity as an incumbent governor and the panel could not summon him like any citizen.

It was gathered that the investigating team was able get useful information during its interaction with the governor, who was said to have been very frank with the panel members.

The number of those that had appeared before the panel was not clear at the time this report was compiled, but it was learnt that the panel planned to quiz all the pro and anti-Amaechi lawmakers in order to have a credible report on the crisis.

Already, the Force Headquarters had summoned the leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Chidi Lloyd; the Aide-De-Camp to the Rivers State Governor, Debeware-Semeikumo, an assistant superintendent of police, and the Chief Security Officer to the Governor, Tony Iwelu for interrogation.

They were to report to the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja for an interview in respect of their roles in the fracas inside the state House of Assembly as seen in the video clips in circulation.

A statement by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said that the men were invited to obtain further details that would facilitate a proper investigation into the matter.

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