Why we laid siege on venue of PANDEF meeting in Rivers – Police
Nigerian Police Force has explained why it took over the Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, venue for the planned Chief Edwin Clerk’s led Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum’s, PANDEF, fourth quarter general meeting.
According to the Rivers State Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, the police took over the hotel to forestall breakdown of law and order.
He noted that “the police got hint that there would likely be clash between members of PANDEF.
Omoni added, “that there was an order that delegates should not be allowed to access the venue to avoid clash among members of PANDEF.
“However, the members of PANDEF defied the heavily security siege around the facility to the 4th general assembly,” he said
Speaking on the police siege, the National Representative, Host Communities of Nigeria Producing oil and gas, HOSTCOM, Dr. Osasu Ekpen Isibor, told reporters, “We all came to Hotel Presidential this morning for the meeting only to see everywhere taken over by the police.
“This is not proper. We do not know what may have led to this development. The police officer told us to go that the meeting has been cancelled,” he said.