The Rivers State Government Friday denied allegations that the Majority Leader of the state House of Assembly, Hon Chidi Lloyd was arrested by the Police on his way to fly in the same jet with governor Chibuike Amaechi.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Dave Iyofor said Hon Lloyd was arrested in his house before his family members and lawyers and not as reported by the media..
The statement by the Nigerian Police had stated that Hon Lloyd escaped from a hospital and was on his way to fly in the same jet with the governor when he was arrested.
The Police statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO in the state, DSP Ahmad Muhammad alleged that the lawmaker was to have escaped from the law if he had joined the governor in that jet.
The statement said the lawmaker was arrested over the alleged murder of a Police sergeant Urang Obediah and a member of the Felix Obuah faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP who hailed from the same Emohua local government area with the lawmaker, Mr Kingsley Ejeuo.
The statement which described the late Ejeuo as the lawmaker’s arch political rival in the local government said the lawmaker knocked the two of them down with his vehicle. According to the statement, Hon Lloyd after knocking down the Police officer still sped ahead to crush the late Ejeuo who was in a Passat car.
The state government has described the statement issued by the Police as a distorted account of the circumstance surrounding the arrest of the lawmaker stressing that it was an attempt to deceive the reading public.