Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, expressed his surprise and concern over the prolonged silence of the Nigeria Police Force regarding the attempted detonation of an explosive device in Port Harcourt. This incident occurred during protests demanding the elongation of the tenure of former local government council chairmen. Governor Fubara noted that had the situation involved his supporters, they would have been faced with immediate terrorism charges.

Governor Fubara articulated these concerns following the swearing-in of Emmanuel Onengiye-Ofori Frank-Fubara as the new Commissioner for Finance at the Executive Chambers of Government House in Port Harcourt. He emphasized that Rivers State currently faces a significant adversary vehemently opposed to his administration, supported by accomplices attempting to destabilize the state. He declared that these efforts are continually thwarted by divine intervention.

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In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Nelson Chukwudi, Governor Fubara said: “You know, if it were a situation that (Governor) Fubara is involved in anything, or links Fubara’s associates, by now, Nigeria would have been hot. There would have been arrests, there would have been statements, and there would have been counter this or that. There would have been press conferences. But, because it is from the other side, nothing is heard yet. But glory to God, they couldn’t hide it forever, even if I have not been hearing anything. And, I am wondering, after how many weeks now, the Nigerian Police is still not able to come out and make a statement about the attempt by the man that tried to detonate a dynamite in front of the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt. I am still wondering why it has not happened. But, maybe, if it was any other thing that has to do with us, they would have charged the person for terrorism. But, you see, this God that I serve, we are serving genuinely. This God that Rivers State has been dedicated to by our predecessors, because when they make statements, they say, Rivers State belongs to God, and that is the God that is saving and lifting us.”

Governor Fubara expressed satisfaction with his administration’s relationship with the Rivers State House of Assembly led by Victor Oko-Jumbo, which he said is legally recognized to carry out its legislative duties and support the executive effectively without disrupting governance.

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