Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu speaking in Port Harcourt through the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP, Administration), Augustine Sanomi, declared the Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Debeware Semeikumo, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), a deserter yesterday just as Semeikumo was removed as ADC to the governor.
In a swift reaction however, The Rivers State Government described the police’s action as “another mischief”. Commissioner for Information, Ibim Semenitari, said the Rivers police was aware that Semeikumo sustained injuries and had been away for further medical treatment.
Mbu, the Rivers police commissioner said the ADC was declared a deserter, following his alleged failure to honour all lawful directives to see him and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, since July 10. In Mbu’s words, “the decision to declare Semeikumo a deserter followed Section 398 (1) of the Police Act and the Regulation Cap 359 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990. The whereabouts of Semeikumo remain unknown to the police. IGP Abubakar has approved his declaration as a deserter.”
It will be recalled that the Leader of the Rivers Assembly, Chidi Lloyd, was on July 17 declared wanted by Mbu for attempted murder, conspiracy and wilful damage, over the July 9 fracas.
The IGP invited Lloyd, the ADC to Amaechi and the Chief Security Officer (CSO), Tony Iwelu. The ADC and CSO are yet to honour the invitation.
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