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Wike has survived 5 assassination attempts - Rivers State Govt.

Wike has survived 5 assassination attempts - Rivers State Govt.

More like a prover­bial cat with nine lives, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, is said to have es­caped five assassination at­tempts in the space of eleven months.
 
The Rivers State Govern­ment made this startling rev­elation in Port Harcourt yes­terday.
The Rivers State commis­sioner for Information and Communication, Dr Austin Tam-George, who made this revelation, described the ac­tion as “callous and insensi­tive”.
Tam-George said: “It is no secret that the APC gov­ernment declared war on the government and peo­ple of Rivers State soon af­ter the party lost the gov­ernorship litigation at the Supreme Court in 2016”.
The commissioner said the first attempt to kill the governor was made imme­diately after the Supreme Court verdict.
Dr Tam-George said the governor’s Chief Security Of­ficer was removed abruptly without any explanation and that the six police officers dis­missed by the Police in Janu­ary this year played a key role in foiling the series of attempts to kill Wike.
The commissioner fur­ther disclosed that after sev­eral attempts to assassinate Wike had failed, an offer of N150 million was made to two of the six dismissed po­lice officers to directly kill the governor but the officers de­clined the offer.
“We call on the Interpol and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to lead an independent inquiry into why those gallant and patriotic of­ficers were dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force on spu­rious charges of misconduct”, Dr Tam- George said.
The commissioner said that as part of its prepara­tions to seize Rivers State in the 2019 elections, the central APC government was already considering a range of escala­tory measures against Wike and some key leaders in Riv­ers State.
It will be recalled that just last week, Governor Wike al­leged that the APC Federal Government planted media reports of insecurity against the state because of their plot to tarnish the state’s image for political reasons.
The governor also said that the APC Government has over the last two years denied the people their basic rights, while deliberately destroying the ju­diciary in their quest to intim­idate political opponents.
The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has, however, denied any involve­ment in any plots to kill Gov Wike. In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the IGP dismissed reports suggesting that the Nigerian Police Force was involved in any plot to kill Wike.
Gov. Wike himself has also challenged the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to be alive to its duties and respon­sibilities.
Speaking when the Gov­erning Council of the Afri­can Bar Association paid him a courtesy visit at the Govern­ment House, Port Harcourt, Wike regretted that the NBA failed the people at the most important time – as the asso­ciation refused to protect judg­es who were illegally harassed.
The governor charged the African Bar Association to take up the role of advoca­cy on behalf of the Nigerian people, the way it intervened in The Gambia and Burundi.
“The NBA has sold out at the time the people needed it to stand with them; they with­drew.
“We have given the EFCC and the Federal Government the opportunity to intimidate the judiciary with frivolous petitions and prosecution”.
Governor Wike called on Nigerians to speak out before the APC destroys the judici­ary. He said that the ultimate aim of the APC was to create the atmosphere for them to rig the 2019 general elections.
When contacted to con­firm the allegation, the Riv­ers State Police Public Rela­tions Officer, PPRO, Nnamdi Omole, demanded to see a written press statement to the effect that Governor Wike’s life has been threatened. He said: “Please can you send the state­ment to me so that I can re­spond to it?”

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