Rivers State government has condemned the barricading of the residence of Dr Peter Odili at Maitama, Abuja by the alleged thugs sponsored by the All Progressives Congress (APC) .
A press statement issued in Port Harcourt on Weneasday by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication , Pastor Paulinous Nsirim on behalf of Rivers state Executive Council wondered why Dr Peter Odili’s family should be singled out for the unwarranted attack, when the judgment that ousted David Lyon as Governor of Bayelsa State was a unanimous decision of a five-member panel of Supreme Court Justices.
The statement reads in parts “Rivers State Executive Council warns the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva and the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole and their hired agents to desist from the sponsorship of violent attacks against Dr Peter Odili and members of his family”
“That the Rivers State Government will hold Timipre Sylva and Adams Oshiomhole responsible if anything happens to Dr Peter Odili and members of his family”
” That the Rivers State Executive Council noted that in the past Rivers State suffered unfavourable Judicial Pronouncements and never resorted to self help as being promoted by APC Leaders in the case of Bayelsa State.”
The statement added that Rivers State Government will employ all legal means to protect Dr Peter Odili and members of his family adding that it will protect Rivers State Indigenes who are serving Federal and State Judicial officers .
It warned that Rivers State Government will have no alternative than to retaliate should this harassment and intimidation continue.
It would be recalled that some angry protesters barricaded the Abuja residence of Justice Mary Odili over what they described as unfavourable judgement that removed David Lyon as the elected governor of Rivers state.