Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has expressed deep concern over report of proliferation of arms in the state.
Expressing shock at the recovery of large quantities of arms, ammunition and other dangerous weapons from political thugs, cultists, armed robbers and kidnappers in the state, the party chairman, Hon. Felix Obuah in a press statement yesterday commended the efforts of security agencies in recovering the items from illegal users.
Obuah explained that the PDP as a responsible and law-abiding party had no link with the users, and had not procured any of such items for anyone, as it sponsors no political thugs.
The PDP chairman recalled that in 2014, former Governor Rotimi Amaechi released some hardened criminals, kidnappers and cultists under trial, and set them free without allowing them go through trial, wondering why he (Amaechi) took such action “if not for political reasons.”
He also recalled that Senator Magnus Abe of the All Progressives Congress in April this year directed his supporters to take up arms.
“Our understanding of this was an invitation to their thugs to use arms already procured and were in their possession to cause mayhem in the state. We have not minced words about our disapproval of use of arms or any lethal weapons in political activities in the state or anywhere else.
“In fact, we in the PDP and Governor Wike have continued to demonstrate our abhorrence of criminals, kidnappers, cultists and any act of violence and threat to peace of the society,” Obuah claimed.
According to him, “The governor has commendably and without reservation supported security agencies to tackle violence and insecurity of any kind in the state.”
Obuah further noted that the state House of Assembly, in line with the zero tolerance for criminality by the governor, had passed into law the anti kidnapping bill, thus prescribing capital punishment for those found guilty of kidnapping in the state.
The PDP reiterated that it would continue to distance itself from any act of criminality.
“We therefore call on the relevant security authorities to be more proactive on efforts to recover these deadly items from wrong hands for our state and the society to be free, peaceful and safe.”
The PDP also urged the police to commence investigation into the call by Senator Abe and the APC leaders for their supporters to take up arms in the state.

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