The Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Chidi Lloyd might have found himself in fresh trouble. Months after he got in the news following a video that showed him knocking the mace on the head of a fellow lawmaker, the police authorities in Rivers State have announced the arrest of Hon Llloyd for the alleged murder of Police Sgt. Urang Obediah and Mr. Kingsley Ejeuo, his kinsman and arch political opponent.
According to a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Rivers State Police Command, DSP Ahmad Muhammad on Thursday, Lloyd was arrested on his way to the Air Force Base airstrip while trying to escape justice.
The statement said Lloyd had last Monday, while pursuing Ejeuo, knocked down Obediah, who was trying to stop him, killed him and went ahead to crush the Volkswagen Passat car Ejeuo was driving in and also killed him.
Muhammad said the police initially thought the incident was a mere accident, which ought to have been manslaughter.
He, however, said the police had to change their mind when the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, directed the Area Commander, Metro Police, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Garba, to visit Lloyd in his hospital bed and commiserate with him.
He said, conscious of what he did, Lloyd relocated to another hospital when facts emerged that he (Lloyd) drove a bullet proof vehicle, while pursuing the late Ejeuo and in the process knocked down Obediah, who died on the spot and moved ahead to smash Ejuo in his Passat car.
The PPRO also stated that “late Mr. Kingsley Ejeuo, who hailed from the same place with Hon. Chidi Lloyd is believed to be in the PDP camp led by Mr. Felix Obuah. While being guarded by four policemen in his hospital bed, he (Lloyd) sneaked out through the hospital’s back door and was driven in three tinted bullet-proof jeeps and escaped.
On receipt of the information of the escape of Chidi Lloyd, the Commissioner of Police, CP. Mbu J. Mbu, directed for a thorough search on all jeeps, while the CP himself personally drove to the Air Force base, where he met Governor Rotimi Amaechi and a private jet waiting for take off.
As soon as he (the police commissioner) alighted, he saluted the Governor, the Governor ignored him and showered rain of abuses on the commissioner of police but the CP kept calm.
Unfortunately for Chidi Lloyd, the eagle-eyed police patrol vehicles intercepted him and the CP was informed immediately and he left the Air Force base to his office, ignoring the abuses from the governor. After waiting in vain for Chidi Lloyd’s arrival, Governor Amaechi boarded his jet and took off in anger.”
Reacting to the allegation by the police, Mr. David Iyorfor, the Governors Press Secretary said “it is most preposterous and outrageous for the police to say that. Escape to where? Does it make any sense to escape from Port Harcourt to Abuja? Is Abuja not within the Federal Republic of Nigeria? It’s a blatant lie.”