“Heads of Local Government Administration (HLGAs) are hereby directed to immediately take charge of the councils with renewed vigour and readiness to serve and await further directives as we navigate towards even greater accomplishments together. ”

The governor promised to continue to defend the people of the state and provide basic amenities for them.

He added, “I assure you, my good people of Rivers State, that we shall continue to defend you, provide infrastructural development, sound healthcare delivery, quality education and undiluted welfare service packages for all our people and workers.

“Once again, I thank you, my dear good people of Rivers State, for your steadfast support and dedication to our shared vision of unity, progress and prosperity.

Following the expiration of the tenure of the local government chairmen in the state, some youths in the Degema and  Asari-Toru LGs of the state on Monday took over the council headquarters.

Also, there was a huge security presence in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area and Obio/Akpor LG to prevent security breaches.

Meanwhile, the outgoing chairman of Eleme LG, Obarilomate Ollor, warned those eager to throw him out of office not to come close to the council, saying they will be resisted.

The Punch