The Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, during plenary on Monday condemned the oppression, impunity and repressive attitude of the operatives of State Anti-Robbery Squad against the people and innocent citizens of Rivers State.
Ibani noted that on several occasions, the State Assembly had condemned the excesses of SARS.
According to him, the house once provided a platform for the National Assembly to investigate a reported case of murder committed by SARS in the State.
The Speaker also said that the State has always been a victim of the excesses of SARS and that the State Assembly is on the same page with the State Government.
According to the Speaker, “we stand with the position of the Government of Rivers State as enunciated by His Excellency, the Governor of Rivers State, and that we know, that this government has always protested against the excesses of SARS”.
He reassured that the 9th Assembly stands with the conveners of the #ENDSARS protest.
“I use this opportunity to send a message on behalf of members of the 9th Assembly to the conveners that as an Assembly we stand with them”.
Ibani however, advised protesters to remain civil while exercising their constitutional right to freedom of speech and association.
“As an Assembly, we will only advise that you conduct yourselves in a manner that portrays civility, understand that where your rights stop is where another person’s right begins,” he advised.
In another development, the State Assembly passed into law 18 bills, some of the bills include; Rivers State Teaching Hospital (Amendment) Bill 2020, State Physical Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill, 2020, Chief Emmanuel Aguma House Bill, 2020, Chief P.G Warmate House Bill, 2020 amongst others.
commending members for putting in their best into their respective responsibilities of law making, he said that their efforts has to a large extent encouraged peace and development in the State.
“let me commend you because it is not easy. We will continue to do this in the interest of our people and our State,” he added.