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Tension builds in Rivers as EndSARS takes usual volatile partisan pathway

* Wike says he uncovered plot by Amaechi men to stageviolent EndSARS today * Amaechi men said it’s a lie; that Wike was behind previous march that humoured him

The protests against police brutality and SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) in Rivers State have started the way of all Rivers matters in recent years, the Wike-Amaechi crisis pathway.

The march last week was marked by a ban by the state governor, Nyesom Wike, who bounced back to welcome the protesters in Government House and addressed them claiming to be the only governor against SARS.

The state capital remained quiet the full week, only for the governor to alert the state Sunday night (October 19, 2020), saying the state government uncovered a plot by Amaechi men to stage violent EndSARS protest.

The statement went ahead; “Rivers State Government has received intelligence report that the Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi-led faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) wants to capitalise on tomorrow’s #EndSARS protest to cause the destruction of lives and property in the State. “

The recruited protesters who would be carrying placards with inscriptions: “#EndSARS,” and “End Unemployment” have been fully mobilized to cause the planned mayhem.

“It is worthy of note that #EndSARS protest in the State has not only been peaceful but has also received overwhelming support from the government and people of the State.

“Surprisingly, Rotimi Amaechi who did everything to frustrate the implementation of the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry that indicted SARS operatives in the State, is now turning around to “support” #EndSARS protest.

“We wish to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to call

Rotimi Amaechi who is not happy that Rivers State has remained peaceful since the nation-wide protests began, to order.

“Security Agencies are also enjoined to be aware of the plot by Amaechi and his cohorts to hijack the #EndSARS protest.”

H urged the local government chairmen to remain alert and ensure that youths in their Local Government Areas were not used to carry out any form of destruction.

“Rivers youths, who are the genuine and patriotic protesters, must understand the evil antics of these enemies of the State and reject their ulterior motives.

“Our detractors do not want us to enjoy the peace that the government and security agencies have worked very hard to achieve. We must resist their devilish plots by remaining law abiding. We remain irrevocably committed to our stand against the atrocities of the now disbanded SARS.

“All well-meaning citizens of the State are hereby advised to vehemently oppose any attempt by any individual or group to make our dear State to suffer violence.”

The spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ogbonna Nwuke, responded, saying it is whenever Wike has sinister intention that he comes out speaking this way.

Other Amaechi followers added their voices, saying nobody should drag the protests to PDP and APC crisis pathway in the state.

Meanwhile, the protesters started massing at Polo Field in GRA Tuesday morning.

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