President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Police and other security agencies to comply with the court’s order sacking local government chairmen in Rivers State until the Court of Appeal rules otherwise.
The police yesterday withdrew from the secretariats of the local governments in deference to the presidential directive.
It was learnt that Buhari gave the order to demonstrate his commitment to the Rule of Law contrary to the insinuations in some quarters, especially by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari has made it clear that he won’t stop the execution of a court judgment.
Shehu, who spoke with The Nation correspondent, said: “It is very clear from the view of the President that the judgment on the sack of the local government chairmen in Rivers State must be respected.
“The President made it clear that he cannot stop the judgment unless it is set aside by the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court.
“In fact, the President has asked the police and security agencies why they did not enforce the court order. They said they were only at the local government secretariats to secure these public institutions because they had information that there might be backlash.
“So, there was no question of impunity by the President in Rivers State. The attack against the President was unfair by those behind it.”
Replying a question, Shehu said: “Actually, the police have withdrawn from the local governments.”