UPDATE: Rivers Lawmaker, Fubara Ally Arrested by Police in Abuja

UPDATE: Rivers Lawmaker, Fubara Ally Arrested by Police in Abuja

by Victor Ndubuisi

Two well-known individuals with close ties to the governor of Rivers State have been taken into custody by police officers in Abuja. These individuals are Sokari Goodboy, a state assembly member for the Aboada West Constituency, and Ezebunwo Ichemati, a leader of the PDP in Rivers State.

On Thursday, April 18, the arrests took place outside the PDP’s National Executive Committee meeting location in Abuja.

The inmates were reportedly taken into custody by police in Rivers State at the chairman of the local government’s command.

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A member of Governor Sim Fubara’s media team said in a video that went viral on social media that the local government chairman beat Ezebunwo Ichemati and ordered the legislator’s detention.


The lady stated, “All of us, the media team that came from Rivers State were together. The next thing – he (the LG Chairman) pointed out that they should arrest the present serving Assembly member who is representing the good people of Aboada West,” she said.

“The next thing that came up again, he started giving them instructions he attacked Ezebunwo and tore his shirt.

“We don’t even know what we are doing here because he has ordered that they should arrest all of us, she added.

Security personnel detained Sokari Goodboy and Ezebunwo Ichemati, who were then brought to an unidentified police station. Supporters are incensed by their arrest and are calling for their quick release.

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Jerry Omotsegunwa, the governor’s special assistant on electronic media, verified the event and demanded their quick release.

He told Newsmen, “They were there in solidarity so why should they be arrested? Going there to show solidarity, they were not the only ones.


“A lot of Governors also came there with their people and coming to picket some people on the orders of an individual is not it at all. So they should be released immediately.”

Rivers State’s political landscape has long been polarised: four legislators in the State House of Assembly support Governor Fubara, while 27 members support Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.



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