Tue, Oct 03, 2023

We'll resist police probe of Rivers re-run, Wike blows hot

We'll resist police probe of Rivers re-run, Wike blows hot

Could this be a challenge that may lead to another boiling point in Rivers? Governor Nyesom Wike, has said that the government and people of the state will not be party to the Police probe panel, adding that the Police cannot kill Rivers people in cold blood and turn around to investigate same.

He said that the phoney probe on the re-run elections, has a predetermined goal, which is to indict Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members and commence their politically motivated prosecution.

Wike who spoke at the victory thanksgiving mass of the PDP at Our Lady Chaplaincy of the Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt, for the 'successful' re-run elections, said:

“We are not a party to their so-called panel. We have passed that stage and we cannot fall into the trap of a panel of inquiry. After killing our people, you want us to assist you unravel what? It is the police that killed our people.”

The governor wondered why the Police would claim that it wants to investigate issues surrounding the Rivers re-run elections, when it was one of the interested parties involved in the attempt to subvert the will of the people. He pointed out that it was the Police High Command that refused to prosecute the All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftains caught on camera printing fake result sheets ahead of the elections.

Wike added that petitions to the Police High Command on the negative activities of ACP's Steven Hasso and the Commander of Special Anti-Robbery Squad, an 'APC chieftain', were disregarded noting that even when Akin Fakorede, was recorded on video beating up electoral officers at the Rivers East Senatorial district collation centre, the police swept it under the carpet.

“If it was a country that believed in its image, so many people would have lost their jobs. They cannot ask themselves why 28,000 policemen, yet to be ascertained number of soldiers, Police dogs and horses, gunboats and helicopters could not police ordinary legislative elections.

“It is because the police were the ones committing the fraud, violence and election materials snatching. We are accusing the police of mass murder and they turn around to set up a panel of inquiry.

“After killing our people, you fraudulently set a panel of inquiry. Up till now, they don’t know that we are far ahead. This panel is a mere booby trap to indict PDP members. If they cared about lives, they wouldn’t do what they did,” Wike added.



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