Rivers governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has warned against violent protests in the state after the presidential election tribunal on Wednesday, September 6.
In a statement on Tuesday, September 4, the governor expressed concerns about potential threats to law and order in light of the impending judgment.
He emphasised the need to adhere to the rule of law and maintain peace and security during this critical period.
”Those who may be disappointed by tomorrow’s judgement have the further opportunity to exercise their right of appeal at the Supreme Court where they will be bound by the final decision and outcome.
”As citizens, we are all bound by the rule of law, which gives no room or opportunity for violence and threat to public safety, peace and security in our democratic contestations for political power and the right to govern the people.
”Accordingly, while the Rivers state government recognises the protest rights of citizens, it will not tolerate any illegal and unnecessary protest actions that negate the rule of law and undermine our collective rights to peace and security.
”We, therefore, advise presidential candidates and their political parties to call their supporters and activists to order and ensure that they avoid actions that are capable of disrupting public safety, peace and security in Rivers state.
”We wish to inform the public that we have placed security agencies on the highest level of alert and directed them to take all necessary measures to forestall any security breaches in Rivers State before, during and after the judgement.”
Governor Fubara also urged residents to go about their lawful activities without fear, adding that adequate security measures are in place.