The Rivers Police Command said on Tuesday that it did not stop people from meeting Gov. Chibuike Amaechi on solidarity visits.
Mrs. Angela Agabe, the command’s Public Relations Officer, made this known in an interview with in Port Harcourt.
Agabe said the Commissioner of Police did not give any order stopping people from visiting the governor.
She dismissed the allegations by the state government and some council chairmen that policemen stopped indigenes of four local government areas from paying solidarity visit to Amaechi, saying it was untrue.
“No, it is not true. The commissioner did not stop people from paying solidarity visit to the governor of Rivers.
“I am not aware of such instructions because the commissioner did not say so,” she said.
Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, said the state government received reports that indigenes of four council areas were prevented by the police from coming to pay solidarity visit to the governor.
She said the action taken by the command was an infringement on the rights of the people.
Semenitari said despite the action of the police, the people refused to be provoked and remained law abiding.
“We have tried as a government to be restrained regardless of the provocation that we have received at different times from the commissioner.
“We will continue to exercise restraint. We take exception to it, but we want it on record to Nigerians that we are being provoked.
“We will try not to allow the provocation reduce us to gutter levels that certain people have fallen to, but we want to put it on record,” she said.
Semenitari said government was mindful of its obligations to the people and would take appropriate administrative steps to handle the matter.