The governors threatened to withdraw part of their federal allocation that they have earlier promised to contribute towards the funding of the police if the Rivers State commissioner of police is not removed. And they used the opportunity to reopen the argument on the benefits of state police. “Arising from the action of the police, and Joseph Mbu in Rivers State, the call for state police as a constitutional provision has become a necessity,” the statement added. “We note that the events in Rivers state have again brought to the fore the issue of true federalism and the need for institutions derived from the Constitutions to be allowed to function without undue interference. As federating units, we must be allowed the space to guarantee our people’s sustainable development as provided by the Constitution.”
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The visiting governors are firm supporters and allies of the embattled Rivers governor.It could be recalled that these governors convoy were stoned earlier today by protesters at the Port Harcourt Airport earlier today.