The Rivers state government has denied reports that it sacked the state Chief Judge, Government staff Chief of Staff Government and others.
The sack reports followed the crisis that erupted in the state House of Assembly on Monday October 30, which led to a faction of the 32-man Assembly presided by the embattled Speaker, Rt. Hon. Martins Amaewhule signing a notice of impeachment on Governor Siminalaye Fubara.
Amidst the confusion that ensued, they were reports alleging that the chief judge of the state, Justice Simeon Chibuzor Amadi, Chief of staff Government House, Chidi Amadi and the 23 local government Chairmen, were sacked by the Governor.
On Tuesday, October 31, the state government through the commissioner for information and communications, Joe Johnson, debunked the information.
“This is to clarify that His Excellency has not given me such directive (to announce their sack) as the official spokesman of the State government as of today Tuesday, October 31, 2023”, Johnson noted in a statement he signed in Port Harcourt.
“Our dear governor is a technocrat, with a robust civil service background, kind-hearted and a very humane person who does things according to laid down rules and with the fear of God.
“We therefore ask Rivers people and the general public to jettison such unconfirmed reports as the public will be properly informed of who may have been removed by His Excellency at the appropriate time.
“It is pertinent to note that as the Commissioner for Information and Communication, I shall keep the public updated on events in due course”, the statement said.