Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The Federal Government Ordered Rivers State Police To Kill Me’ – Senator Abe Reveals


In a seven-page letter to his colleagues in the Senate, Abe pointedly accused unnamed officials of the Nigerian federal government of having instructed the Rivers State Police Command to eliminate him, insisting that the police abused its powers.
“It was clear to me that using the police to stop a gathering that had been extensively advertised and was to be aired on live television would be an unfair blow to Rivers people and a clear abuse of police power,” Mr. Abe said.
Recounting what happened on the day of the rally, Abe said, at about 9.30 a.m, he got a report that the police had invaded and destroyed everything at the rally venue and were firing teargas indiscriminately. When he arrived at the gate of CAS, he saw the Nigerian Police in full battle formation with armoured personnel carriers and scores of mobile policemen armed to the teeth, listing some of the police officers he met at the venue to include, Mike Uche Chukwuma, one Marcus, ASP Pere, Supol Sani and DPO Esther Effiong, among others.
He said, “The officers informed me that they were acting on ‘orders from above’ and that I should call the Commissioner of Police or the Inspector General of Police. I was busy trying to call the CP and the IG, when one of the policemen walked close to me and whispered, ‘Oga, leave now, leave now, they said we should take you down”.
Abe said a teargas canister was shot directly at his feet while more teargas canisters were fired directly at him in quick succession and that was when he was hit by something in his chest.
He was rushed to the hospital where his doctor, Dr. Mackay Anyanwu, stabilised him and transferred him to the Kesley Harrison Hospital, from where a decision was taken that he proceed to London immediately for further cardiology evaluation.”
He referred to pictures of spent cartridges at the scene of the crisis which were captured by Channels Television crew and wondered who shot them since the police claimed they did not use bullets.
Mr. Abe therefore appealed to Nigerians to reject the propaganda of the Federal Government’s spin-doctors, who he said were rationalising the attempt on his life as being part of the drama of the All Progressives Congress, APC while also pleading with the Senate to defend the country’s democracy and protect the lives of Nigerians against gross impunity of the Federal Government.
“It is Senator Abe today. It may be Senator Mark tomorrow,” he wrote

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