APC Crisis: Youths chase judges from Rivers court as Wike storms premises

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that the devastating attack on Rivers State Judiciary on Friday is an attempt by the Police and the All Progressive Congress (APC ) to overthrow the Rivers State Government.

The governor spoke on Friday after he inspected the Rivers State High Court Complex destroyed by the Police and supporters of the APC from the faction of the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

The APC and Police damaged several courtrooms, ransacked the court library, destroyed vehicles and looted shops.

The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State took a new dimension on Friday when some youths stormed the state’s High Court in Port Harcourt, chasing lawyers, judges and litigants out of the premises.
The youths, reportedly led by the Senator representing Rivers South-East District, Magnus Abe, had gone to the court to seek an injunction restraining the faction led by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, from holding the local government congress of the party on Saturday (today).
Abe had alleged that there was no congress across the 319 wards in the state but Amaechi said the exercise held peacefully, TheCable.ng, an online news medium reported on Friday.
One person had died last week after supporters of the APC leaders clashed at the party secretariat in Port Harcourt.
The battle had continued on Friday as suspected thugs broke into the court premises, vandalising vehicles, chasing away the judges, lawyers and preventing the court from siting.
Before leaving, the intruders locked up the main gate of the court.
Meanwhile, hours after the disorderliness, the state’s Governor, Nyesom Wike, stormed the court with some of his supporters, who broke the locked doors as they went round inspecting the havoc wreaked by the hoodlums.
The spokesperson for the APC in Rivers State, Chris Finebone, had on Thursday said in a statement that there was an attempt to use the court to stop the local government congress scheduled for Saturday (today) from holding.
“By this notice, the All Progressives Congress, Rivers State chapter, is hereby notifying the state, federal judiciaries and the general public that at no time was the APC served any court process and at no time did the APC secure the services of any counsel to handle such a matter in any court.
“The APC reiterates that any court or persons dealing with any such unauthorised person(s) do so at their own risk as the Rivers State chapter of the APC has neither been served any court process nor briefed any lawyer to deal on any such matter on the party’s behalf whatsoever,” he had stated.

The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State took a new dimension on Friday when some youths stormed the state’s High Court in Port Harcourt, chasing lawyers, judges and litigants out of the premises.
The youths, reportedly led by the Senator representing Rivers South-East District, Magnus Abe, had gone to the court to seek an injunction restraining the faction led by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, from holding the local government congress of the party on Saturday (today).

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Abe had alleged that there was no congress across the 319 wards in the state but Amaechi said the exercise held peacefully, TheCable.ng, an online news medium reported on Friday.
One person had died last week after supporters of the APC leaders clashed at the party secretariat in Port Harcourt.
The battle had continued on Friday as suspected thugs broke into the court premises, vandalising vehicles, chasing away the judges, lawyers and preventing the court from siting.
Before leaving, the intruders locked up the main gate of the court.
Meanwhile, hours after the disorderliness, the state’s Governor, Nyesom Wike, stormed the court with some of his supporters, who broke the locked doors as they went round inspecting the havoc wreaked by the hoodlums.
The spokesperson for the APC in Rivers State, Chris Finebone, had on Thursday said in a statement that there was an attempt to use the court to stop the local government congress scheduled for Saturday (today) from holding.
“By this notice, the All Progressives Congress, Rivers State chapter, is hereby notifying the state, federal judiciaries and the general public that at no time was the APC served any court process and at no time did the APC secure the services of any counsel to handle such a matter in any court.
“The APC reiterates that any court or persons dealing with any such unauthorised person(s) do so at their own risk as the Rivers State chapter of the APC has neither been served any court process nor briefed any lawyer to deal on any such matter on the party’s behalf whatsoever,” he had stated.

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