■ Author: Prince Richmond C. Amadi
■ Twitter: @Umuchiukwu_writ
■ January 22, 2017
With a sense of humour, I commend and appreciate your Service in Rivers State. Truly, it appears challenging when Police Force has mentioned anywhere in Nigeria because of the level and kind of unmerited personalities littered as workers. No matter how innocent and genuine minded you determined to serve Rivers State as commissioner, it appears some bad eggs will turn down your order to execute their paymaster's interest.
Having said that, I'm not comfortable with the recent report delivered by Ahmed Magaji, in respect to murderous action displayed/achieved by Nigeria force (both Soldiers, Police, SARS) in just concluded rally carried out by the Indigenous People of Biafra in solidarity to President Donald J. Trump's inauguration which was held 20th of January 2017 in Igwuocha (Portharcourt).
Considering the content of the report above, I noted that your service in Rivers State is biased and unwitty based on the points below:
1. That the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) did not take permission before embarking on Protest
2. That Police only dispersed the protesters
3. The Police went to the scene and dispersed the gathering
4. The Police used minimum force in containing the protesters
5. No death and casualty were recorded
Understanding the keywords above according to
1. The protest is a strong complaint expressing disagreement, disapproval, or opposition: Mark the word attentively, in OPPOSITION TO SOMETHING.
2. Rally means (MEETING) a public meeting of a large group of people, especially supporters of a particular opinion.
3. Solidarity means an agreement between and support for the members of a group, especially a political group.
Since the members of IPOB went on Solidarity Rally, it then means the meeting of large group (IPOB) of people, agreed to support a group or political group.
Using the analyzed ingredients above, IPOB did not protest therefore they were not in any form of opposition to any group. IPOB did what kill, solidarity rally. Therefore they came out in their numbers, assembled, agreed to support President Donald J. Trump's Inauguration.
Again, claiming that IPOB did not take permission before embarking on their solidarity rally is a pure lie. A precise Letter date 18th of January addressed to Commissioner of Police, Rivers State. IPOB spokespersons fully signed the letter. That the reason you have to order your workers to shoot at sight or was order from above? After the rally, IPOB high command recorded over 200 persons missing while over 20 shot dead.
Consequently, if you have ordered your workers to disperse the peaceful demonstration on the ground that Letter of order for the rally was not duly filed with your office and they went as far to kill the rallying IPOB, I urge you to use your office to investigate the killings than running into prompt conclusion. We have first-hand evidence that your workers did not disperse the rally nor employment of minimum force, rather they shot at sight without any provocation.
I Do not accept it that the provision for right of association under Nigeria constitution also provided to shoot who so ever that rally without Police approval. The least under this claim of unproved and unprovoked Letter and killing is to arrest and detain, them allow court to prove them wrong.
Editing Udeagha Obasi
For Umuchiukwu Writers.