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JUST IN: Rivers police deny arresting Rotimi Amaechi

The Rivers State Police Command has denied the rumour making the rounds that it has arrested the immediate past governor of the state and Minister of Transportation,  Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO),  Nnamdi Omoni,  in a statement issued, on Wedsnesday, in Port Harcourt, on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police,  Usman Belel, condemned the alleged arrest of the minister,  describing it as ‘diversionary and mischievous’.

Omoni’s statement urged members of the public to discountenance the report which was reportedly aired by one of the television stations in, Port Harcourt,  saying that the police boss has ordered investigation into the report.

The PPRO also said that neither Police,  nor any other security agency arrested the former River State governor,  saying that the report claimed that Amaechi was arrested over allegation of corruption,  as directed by  acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Adamu Muhammed.

“The Command noted that the purported arrest of former Governor Amaechi was intended to cause breakdown of law and order in the state, assuring  that the existing peace and security would not be truncated.

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“It has become increasingly necessary at this stage to put the records straight and state unequivocally as follows: That the ex-governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, was never arrested by the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command or any security agency for that matter, as reported by the AIT medium.

“That the general public is hereby enjoined to disregard and discountenance the above news report as being mischievous, ill-conceived, diversionary and only intended to  undermine the security situation in the state and harass the Nigeria Police Force and the person of the ex-governor and  Minister of Transportation.

“The Commissioner of Police wishes to assure the general public that there is no cause for alarm, as the state is peaceful and all business activities are going on peacefully.

“The Command under the watch of the Commissioner of Police, CP Usman Belel, is committed to ensuring that the existing peace is sustained.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police has ordered immediate investigation into  the said news report with a view to bringing anybody or group found complicit to justice”, Omoni’s statement stated.