PORT HARCOURT — RIVERS State Police Command, yesterday, said preliminary investigation showed that Leader of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Chidi Lloyd, who was arrested recently for alleged killing of Police Sergeant Urang Obediah and one Kingsley Ejue, on December 30, last year, drove the vehicle that reportedly killed the two men.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Muhammad, in a statement, said that those claiming that the lawmaker did not drive the vehicle when the sad incident occurred do not have the fact of the issue.
He said: “The assertion that Chidi Lloyd was not the driver of the vehicle that killed the duo is not only a figment of the imagination of those propagating this dark side of the story, but an after-thought, raised several hours after Chidi Lloyd had been arrested.”
He accused the lawmaker of premeditated murder, adding that the alleged way in which the lawmaker carried on after the incident reportedly gave him out.
According to the Police spokesman, attempts by some persons to smuggle the lawmaker through the back door of Kesley Harrison Hospital was reportedly aborted by security operatives, a situation he said, allegedly made Governor Rotimi Amaechi to rain abuses at the state Police Commissioner, Mr Joseph Mbu.
“It was no surprising then that the attempt to smuggle Chidi Lloyd out of the state, as a first step to jetting him out of the country, which was thwarted by the Police, did not only take the governor by surprise, but infuriated him to the extent that he lost the sense of decorum by publicly addressing the Commissioner of Police as a ‘mad, irresponsible and rude man.’ It did not end there as he went ahead to put a call to the Inspector General of Police, describing the state Commissioner of Police in the same vein.”
Meantime, when contacted for comment, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Mr. Tony Okocha, said it was not true that the governor arranged to smuggle the lawmaker out of the hospital, adding that the lawmaker was allegedly discharged from the hospital before he was arrested at his residence.
He faulted the assertion of the Police on the matter, adding that the lawmaker was not even the one that drove the said vehicle that allegedly killed the two men.