The PRO of the Nigerian Police Force, DCP Donald Amunah has defended the sealing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convention venue in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, today. Speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily, he said;
“The Police is an institution established by law and we obey the court orders and rule of law. In an event of conflicting court orders, what do you do? We are neutral. The IG has been served court orders in Abuja and so we have to obey the orders. If this court order has to be obeyed, what do we do about the venue? We take control of the venue to avoid two worrying parties conflicting, to protect lives and properties.”
He emphasized the force had to be proactive to ensure that lives and properties are secured and later the issues can be later sorted out by the court itself. “In the interim, the Police will ensue that everyone is protected. So that people do not go to the venue of the convention and start fighting.”
When asked to identify which court of order the Force was following, in order to clarify on assumptions that they could be following one side, Mr. Amunah said;
“We are not following one side. If there is conflict, you stand in the middle and ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order. When two parties have court orders, they will both want to implement their own motives and decision. The Police will do the essential, that is, protect lives and properties. It’s not about obeying court A or B.”
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