Commissioner Rues Military Involvement In Rivers Polls


Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, has said that the supplementary State Assembly elections in the state was peaceful because of the non-involvement of soldiers.
This is Gogo-Jaja narrated his ordeal after soldiers allegedly invaded his home and arrested him for an offence he is yet to decipher on the eve of the March 9 Governorship election.
The commissioner spoke to newsmen after casting his vote in Opobo in last Saturday’s election.
According to him: “The major reason there is a peaceful atmosphere in Opobo kingdom and other parts of the state where this election is going on is because the Army did not show up.
“We have this peaceful atmosphere in Opobo because the Governor has performed in Opobo and so the only way Opobo/Nkoro people and other Rivers people can pay him back is to support all he believes in and all he supports.”
Gogo-Jaja stated with bitterness that his nine year old son is still traumatized following his contact with the army when his home was invaded.
“The Army invaded my home, chased my wife and my children. My nine year old son was threatened with gun and he is still affected till today.
“I can give you an instance. Last week I went to Spar (a popular shopping mall in Port Harcourt) with him and as soon as he saw soldiers around there, the boy started running because he is still traumatized,” he said.


Dennis Naku