Rivers State lawmakers in the National Assembly yesterday accused the Department of State Services, DSS, of intimidating officials of the judiciary as wells as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and unnecessarily interfering on the 2015 elections petitions currently before the state tribunal.
The lawmakers expressed worry that the intimidation and unnecessary harassment was aimed at influencing the outcome of the petitions before the tribunal.
Senator George Sekibo disclosed this yesterday while briefing the House Press Corps on behalf of the caucus.
Sekibo said the arrest of state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mrs. Gesila Khan, followed the private visit of former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, to the director of DSS on July 7, 2015.
He described the summon and subsequent detention of Mrs. Khan by the DSS as “a sign of creeping dictatorship.”
According to him, “The Rivers State REC and her officers were orally invited to the DSS headquarters in Abuja over a petition by a litigant at the election petition tribunal and she honoured same with her senior officers on Tuesday, July 22, 2015, only for her to be arrested and detained till about 10pm on Wednesday, July 23, with further instructions to report to the DSS daily.
“The invitation and subsequent arrest of Mrs. Khan followed the private visit of the ex-governor of Rivers State, Amaechi Rotimi, to the director of DSS on or about Tuesday, July 7, 2015.
“We are constrained to conclude that part of the script being played by the DSS is to concoct evidence in support of the petitioners’ case at the tribunal where the petitioners pleaded that they shall rely on security reports at the trial, particularly the DSS report.
“It is also not a coincidence that the invitation to parties (INEC officers) came after the private visit of the ex-governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, to the director of DSS. Shortly after his visit, Amaechi assured the petitioners that the DSS is on the game.”


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