The Rivers State House of Assembly last weekend passed a resolution calling on the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to immediately transfer the state Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Steven Hasso, and the Commander of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Akin Fakorede, out of the state for breach of security through partisan actions.
This followed a motion moved by the House Leader, Martins Amaewhule and 18 other members of the House in view of the violence meted out to Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) supporters and journalists by the policemen under the leadership of Hasso last Thursday in Port Harcourt.
The House also passed a resolution calling on the National Assembly to wade into the matter by investigating the two police officers and taking necessary action, to wit their transfer from the state.
It would be recalled that policemen led by Hasso and Fakorede, had last Thursday opened fire on PDP supporters on peaceful procession to the state House of Assembly.
While one person received bullet wound, the Channels Television cameraman was manhandled and his camera seized.
Moving the motion titled: “Motion to condemn acts that can lead to breakdown of law and order, and call for the transfer of ACP Steven Hasso and SARS Commander, Akin Fakorede”, Majority Leader, Martins Amaewhule, berated the police for opening fire on PDP supporters on peaceful procession to the House of Assembly, and beating up of journalists, simply because they were detailed to do the bidding of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He also wondered why the ACP would insist on leading APC protesters into the precincts of the Government House, Port Harcourt, only to turn around to physically assault and arrest the Chief Security Officer to the Governor of Rivers State, after he was stopped from forcing himself into the seat of government.
The majority leader told the House that the ACP and the SARS commander jettisoned their professional code of conduct by their provocative acts of violence on PDP supporters and journalists, which were aimed at causing insecurity in the state.
He said if nothing was done, the actions of the two police officers could lead to a breakdown of law and order in the state.
The motion was seconded by the member representing Emohua State Constituency, Sam Ogeh, who noted that the police infringed on the rights of the Rivers people by opening fire on a peaceful procession on the orders of the ACP.
He informed the House that the ACP and the SARS commander had invited 16 Divisional Police Officers to assist them attack PDP supporters on peaceful procession, alleging that some of the officers had reportedly declined participation.
Ogeh claimed that by attempting to invade the Government House in company of APC members, the ACP’s action amounted to a coup against the Rivers people and the government they freely elected.
Contributing to the motion, Kelechi Nwogu of Omuma State Constituency, called for the investigation and prosecution of the ACP and the SARS commander for acts inimical to the security of lives and property in the state.
Also speaking, Deputy Speaker, Marshall Uwom, condemned the police for disregarding the rule of law and deliberately placing the state under siege through provocative acts of violence.
Ruling on the motion, Speaker of the House, Rt Hon. Dabotorudima Adams, urged the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to as a matter of urgency, transfer ACP Steven Hasso and SARS Commander, Akin Fakorede, for their illegal partisanship targeted at causing insecurity in the state.
He said: “The IGP should be reminded about the actions of Steven Hasso and Akin Fakorede in Rivers State. This is because the outcome of the continued illegal operations and activities of this duo in Rivers State will be placed, ultimately, under his responsibility.
“We urge the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, to on behalf of the people of Rivers State, write again, in the strongest possible terms, to the IGP requesting the immediate redeployment of Steven Hasso and effect the already ordered redeployment of Akin Fakorede to Abuja”, Adams said.
The state House of Assembly also urged the governor to officially inform the President, Muhammadu Buhari, that ACP Steven Hasso and SARS Commander, Akin Fakorede are causing a breach of the Constitution of the country, and could likely to cause a breakdown of law and order in the state.
The speaker and other members of the House of Assembly, who later addressed journalists, condemned last Thursday’s assault on government officials, media personnel and PDP members by Hasso and Fakorede.