Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Joe Johnson, has challenged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, asserting that the IGP was misinformed about the ongoing local government crisis in the state.

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During an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Johnson clarified that the two judgments related to the crisis had been consolidated. Justice Kio’s judgment, delivered on May 22, remains untested. Meanwhile, two appeals are pending before the court of appeal, one by Right Honourable Oko-Jumbo and the other by the departing speaker. The latter appeal emphasizes maintaining the status quo.

However, the IGP’s statement suggesting that they are awaiting a court judgment appears to be inaccurate. Johnson pointed out that no such judgment is imminent; the June proceedings are for continued hearings.

In a separate development, the Rivers State Police declared Ex-Militant Leader ‘General Asabuja’ as wanted. Asabuja’s social media video, containing incendiary comments related to the local government council crisis, caused panic within and beyond the state. Commissioner Tunji Disu assured the public that appropriate actions were underway to address the situation and apprehend individuals like Asabuja who disrupt peace and security.

The unfolding events in Rivers State continue to draw attention, with legal proceedings and law enforcement efforts intersecting in the quest for resolution.

Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Joe Johnson, has challenged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, over the handling of the local government crisis in the state. Speaking during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Johnson asserted that the IGP had been misinformed.

The crisis centers around local government secretariats, which have been shut down due to disagreements between departing local government chairmen and newly appointed caretaker committee chairmen. Johnson clarified that two judgments were at play: one by Justice Kio on May 22 and another pending appeal. The departing speaker’s appeal sought to maintain the status quo, but Johnson emphasized that this status quo did not align with Justice Kio’s judgment. He expressed doubt that the IGP was accurately informed about the court proceedings, as no further judgment was expected in June.

Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police Commissioner, Tunji Disu, addressed the situation surrounding Ex-Militant Leader ‘General Asabuja.’ Disu revealed that a video posted by Asabuja on social media had caused panic in certain areas of the state. Asabuja’s inciting comments related to the local government council crisis, prompting swift police action. Disu assured the public that they would not take the matter lightly, emphasizing that the police were actively pursuing Asabuja. Disu criticized Asabuja’s video, stating that threatening people and disrupting normal activities would not be tolerated.

The situation remains tense, with both the local government crisis and the search for General Asabuja capturing public attention. As stakeholders await further legal developments, the state grapples with maintaining order and ensuring citizens’ safety.

Rivers State has been grappling with a local government crisis that has escalated tensions and drawn attention from both residents and law enforcement agencies. The conflict centers around local government secretariats and the power struggle between departing local government chairmen and newly appointed caretaker committee chairmen.

During an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Joe Johnson, challenged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun. Johnson asserted that the IGP had been misinformed regarding the legal proceedings related to the crisis. Two key judgments are at play: one issued by Justice Kio on May 22 and another pending appeal. The departing speaker’s appeal seeks to maintain the status quo, but Johnson emphasized that this status quo does not align with Justice Kio’s judgment. He expressed doubt that the IGP was accurately informed about the court proceedings, as no further judgment was expected in June.

In the midst of the crisis, the Rivers State Police Commissioner, Tunji Disu, addressed the situation surrounding Ex-Militant Leader ‘General Asabuja.’ Asabuja had posted a video on social media that caused panic in certain areas of the state. His inciting comments related to the local government council crisis, prompting swift police action. Disu assured the public that they would not take the matter lightly, emphasizing that the police were actively pursuing Asabuja. Disu criticized Asabuja’s video, stating that threatening people and disrupting normal activities would not be tolerated.

As stakeholders await further legal developments, Rivers State faces the challenge of maintaining order and ensuring citizens’ safety amidst the ongoing crisis. The situation remains tense, and authorities are closely monitoring developments.