Group advocates for police neutrality in Rivers local council crisis

The group appealed to security forces to prevent violence and maintain peace while allowing the democratic process to proceed and ensuring adherence to the rule of law.

Kayode Egbetokun, Nigeria Police Force | Facebook

In a statement signed by Pastor Jerry King Nicholas, HRAC emphasised that taking sides could escalate violence and clashes among supporters of different parties, potentially leading to deaths and property damage.

Recall that the crisis began after the tenures of local government chairmen, vice chairmen, and councillors expired.

Governor Siminalayi Fubara instructed heads of administration in the 23 local government areas to take over and later appointed caretaker chairmen in line with the law. However, some local government chairmen are refusing to leave office.

Nicholas pointed out that the end of the tenures of local government officials is a constitutional issue and urged security forces not to let "power grabbers" succeed.

He said, "The law is clear: the 1999 Constitution and Section 9(1) of the Rivers State Local Government Law No 5 of 2018 provide for a 3-year tenure for local government chairmen, with a possibility of a second term.

"We inform the security agents that the law No 2 of 2024, which attempted to extend the tenure of the outgoing chairmen by six months, has been expunged from the laws of Rivers State by Justice D.G. Kio of the state High Court.

"This means that the outgoing chairmen cannot rely on a non-existent law to continue in office."

The group also appealed to security forces to prevent violence and maintain peace while allowing the democratic process to proceed and ensuring adherence to the rule of law.

"We also urge the former chairmen and others who are still eligible to seek re-election into the councils whenever elections are scheduled by the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, rather than resorting to violence," Nicholas added.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Edo 2024: Oshiomhole suffers backlash over false comments against Ighodalo

Edo 2024: Oshiomhole suffers backlash over false comments against Ighodalo

Biden endorses Kamala Harris as Democrats' candidate after withdrawing from race

Biden endorses Kamala Harris as Democrats' candidate after withdrawing from race

BREAKING: Joe Biden bows to pressure, drops out of US presidential race

BREAKING: Joe Biden bows to pressure, drops out of US presidential race

People are angry, Tinubu's ₦70k minimum wage can only buy a bag of rice - Ndume

People are angry, Tinubu's ₦70k minimum wage can only buy a bag of rice - Ndume

Hardship: Reps member gifts child SUV for graduating from secondary school, Nigerians react

Hardship: Reps member gifts child SUV for graduating from secondary school, Nigerians react

Our diesel meets international standard, importers get dubious certifications - Dangote

Our diesel meets international standard, importers get dubious certifications - Dangote

₦70k minimum wage not solution to Nigeria’s economic challenges – LP

₦70k minimum wage not solution to Nigeria’s economic challenges – LP

JTF destroys illegal refining sites, intercepts 14 boats in Abia

JTF destroys illegal refining sites, intercepts 14 boats in Abia

Hundreds of Makurdi residents homeless as flood wreaks havoc in Benue

Hundreds of Makurdi residents homeless as flood wreaks havoc in Benue

Pulse Sports

Bukayo Saka and Kanu model Lagos-themed Arsenal away jersey for the 2024/25 season

Bukayo Saka and Kanu model Lagos-themed Arsenal away jersey for the 2024/25 season

Michelle Alozie Net Worth: Age, Profile, Career, Salary, Husband, How Rich is she in 2024?

Michelle Alozie Net Worth: Age, Profile, Career, Salary, Husband, How Rich is she in 2024?

Racism storm rocks Chelsea as players UNFOLLOW Enzo Fernández on Instagram

Racism storm rocks Chelsea as players UNFOLLOW Enzo Fernández on Instagram

Nigeria abandon 2-Time AFCON winner, eye move for former England manager to replace Finidi George

Nigeria abandon 2-Time AFCON winner, eye move for former England manager to replace Finidi George

Transfer News LIVE: Man U announce Joshua Zirkzee signing plus all the latest DONE deals and more

Transfer News LIVE: Man U announce Joshua Zirkzee signing plus all the latest DONE deals and more

Lionel Messi now world's most decorated player, surpasses Brazilian legend after Copa America win

Lionel Messi now world's most decorated player, surpasses Brazilian legend after Copa America win