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They only foiled a plan to assassinate Wike, says Rivers on sacked policemen

They only foiled a plan to assassinate Wike, says Rivers on sacked policemen

Not wanting to be outdone by the news of the dismissal of six police aides attached to Nyesom Wike by the Nigeria Police, the Rivers state government has described the action which was excused on alleged abuse of firearms, as a foiled assassination plot on the life of the governor.

Describing the sack of the policemen as unjust, Austin Tam-George, Rivers commissioner of information, appealed to Nigerians to demand the “immediate reinstatement” of the officers.

Nigeria Police spokesman, Don Awunah who announced the sack of the policemen at a press conference in Abuja, had said the decision was the outcome of a report from a panel set up by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris on the incidents recorded during the December 10, 2016 Rivers re-run.

Tam-George however challenged Idris to set up an “independent” panel of inquiry to examine the violence that occurred during the exercise.

“The Rivers state government notes with infinite sadness the decision of the Nigeria Police to dismiss six police officers attached to Governor Nyesom Wike.

“The police officers were subjected to a secret and unfair trial, on totally fictitious charges of professional misconduct, during the rerun elections in Rivers state on the 10th of December 2016.

“This is a tragic day for professionalism and the respect for human rights in the Nigeria police force.

“The dismissed officers committed no crime, other than foil a carefully orchestrated electoral heist by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in collusion with the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Nigeria Police force.

“The claim by the police that the affected officers misused their firearms while in the convoy of governor Wike on the 10th of December 2016, is a wrong and cruel fabrication.

“Governor Wike did not depart from his official premises on the day of the election, and therefore had no use for an armed convoy.

“Two days after the elections, on the 12th of December 2016, thousands of Rivers people, led by Governor Wike, resisted an invasion by the police on the premises of the Port Harcourt City Local Government Council premises, in a brazen attempt to rig the elections in favour of the APC.

“These officers committed no crime, other than stopping a carefully planned assassination attempt on the life of Governor Wike.

“The officers are the latest victims of the medieval authoritarianism of the APC government that seems to lurch blindly in the miasma of its own incompetence.

“We urge Nigerians to demand the immediate reinstatement of these officers, and for the Inspector General of Police to allow an independent inquiry.

“The APC government has never hidden it’s desperation to overrun Rivers state, colonise its people and loot the treasury of the state, but the Rivers people have seen the face of the Lord, and will spare no sacrifice as we resist the satanic agenda of the APC government.”


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