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Group Dares Police IG On Rivers Crisis

Group Dares Police IG On Rivers Crisis

RIVERS Peoples’ Forum (RPF), an ad hoc group, has charged the Nigerian chief of police, Mohammed Abubakar, to urgently arrest and prosecute Minister of State for Education Nyesom Wike, for allegedly fueling disturbances in Rivers State, or risk a wild-cat mass protest that could ground the country's oil and gas capital.

According to them, Wike, at a Grassroot Democratic Initiative (GDI) event in Port Harcourt had said, “for those who think that they can destroy Obio-Akpor(Local Government Council), we will make life uncomfortable for them. We will make sure they will not sleep again. When they are sleeping, they will not sleep with their two eyes closed. One eye will be open because they know there is danger.”

They claimed that the minister was referring to the suspended Chairman and Councilors of Obio-Akpor Local Government who were hurriedly removed from office by the state House of Assembly for alleged acts of corruption.

President of the group, Charles Bekwele, claimed in an online statement to AkanimoReports that the alleged comments of the minister was a direct threat to the good people of Rivers, since according to him, the state lrgislature acted on behalf of the electorate.

“It is a shame, an outrage that the police instead of arresting and prosecuting Wike is allowing him to arrogantly and pompously roam the streets, making more provocative and hateful comments against the State and its people”, the group said in a statement, Monday.

“And this is the same police that have declared wanted and arrested supporters of Governor Amaechi for extremely flimsy reasons.  So why are they not arresting a man who openly threatened the people, the peace and security of the State? Is Nyesom Wike above the law?”

“Again, we are calling on the Inspector-General of Police to arrest and prosecute Nyesom Wike now for threatening the lives of Rivers people, for threatening the peace and security of Rivers. As a matter of fact, his comments are dangerous to our democracy, His excesses must be brought to a halt. Rivers people have had enough of his shenanigans. And the time to act is now”

This is a man who has practically abandoned his job at the ministry of education for politics and political campaigns. Every week, Wike is in Rivers State campaigning, he claims to be campaigning for Mr. President but that’s a big fat lie. Except he’s saying that Mr. President has commence campaigns for 2015. He’s campaigning for his own governorship, even when he knows there’s no vacancy, at least for now.”

The group said if the police high command fails to play ball, ''we are ready to march on the streets of Port Harcourt. This will be the mother of all protests as we shall mobilize Rivers people from all over to come out and tell the police in very lucid terms that they will not allow Nyesom Wike to threaten their lives, their peace and security while the police whose duty it is to protect us, do nothing to protect the people. The time to arrest and prosecute Wike is now.''

ENDS

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