The Rivers State Government on Tuesday said it uncovered a plot by some politicians in Abuja to cause a breakdown of law and order in order to declare a state of emergency in the state.
The Commissioner for Information and Communication, Paulinus Nsirim, said the culprits had been plotting to destabilise the state but had been failing.
He said as preparation for the 2023 general elections gathered momentum, the group planned to use COVID-19 to create enmity between the state and the Federal Government.
“They have decided to create unnecessary tension as if indigenes of Ahoada, Eleme and Port Harcourt are fighting with northerners not to carry out their legitimate businesses,” the statement added.
Nsirim said the Rivers State Government had been protecting the state from COVID-19, adding that instead for the politicians to support the government, they were looking for a state of emergency in their quest for power.
“We are aware that some shameless politicians are playing politics with COVID-19. No wonder one of the respected chieftains of the All Progressives Congress had to expose their plan to use COVID-19 to launch into the politics of the state.
“This is what we see in the lives of ungodly, dangerous and power hungry people who claim to love the state.
“After their clandestine meetings, they have voted huge sums of money to entice and recruit gullible persons to carry out their plan.
“All patriotic Rivers State indigenes are hereby placed on alert to resist the devilish plans of these unpatriotic elements who connive with enemies of the state to cause confusion.
“As a state, we have always defeated these sadists and with God on our side, we shall overcome them,” he added.