The police in Rivers State have explained that the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Tony Okocha, was not under house arrest as rumoured in the city.
Early on Friday, rumours making the rounds in Port Harcourt had it that Okocha had been placed under house arrest judging from the massive police presence around his official residence in Old GRA, Port Harcourt.
But the police in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Ahmad Muhammad (DSP), said the chief of staff was not under house arrest and described the rumour as the handiwork of mischief makers.
The statement said, “The Rivers State Police Command wishes to dispel the rumour going the rounds to the effect that Chief Tony Okocha, Chief of Staff, Rivers State Government House, has been placed under house arrest by the police.
“The statement is not true and can be described as handiwork mischief makers who want to truncate the existing peace in Rivers State.
“It is a fact that based on intelligence at the Command's disposal, there was massive deployment of policemen at conspicuous locations in Port Harcourt to forestall breakdown of law and order.
“Members of the public are by this release called to ignore and disregard the rumour, please.”
When contacted, Okocha also told THISDAY that he was not under house arrest.
He however raised concern over the massive police presence around his residence.
According to him, “I woke up this morning to see about six troopers of police around my residence. Although my movement was not restricted, the police have not explained to me why that large security presence.
“The security presence scared many people who had wanted to see me. Indeed,
my children could not go to school because they thought something was wrong.”
He however said the security personnel had been redeployed.