How I escapes assassination attempt plotted by the GOC

February 22nd, 2019

By Willie Etim Port Harcourt

The Governor of Rivers State, Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike , has said
that he survived an assassination attempt on his life on Thursday
night after soldiers sent by the General Officer Commanding 6 Division
of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarham confronted his
security details.

Governor Wike also alerted Nigerians that the military is supplying
fake uniforms to militants hired by the APC for the purpose of
disrupting the elections and unleashing mayhem.

Speaking after a meeting with officials of the British High Commission
at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday , Governor Wike said
the General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the Nigerian Army has
been taking very unprofessional measures to silence PDP members
He said that he has informed the British High Commission and other
foreign missions of the anti-democratic actions of the security
forces, especially the Nigerian Army.

He said: “Last night; the General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the
Nigerian Army plotted an assassination on my life. Thank God, that was
not successful.

“On Friday, 15th of January, a day to the 16th of February , the first
date for the elections before it was rescheduled, the GOC sent
soldiers to cordone off my private residence.

“Yesterday, I was shocked that when I left Government House to see
some political leaders, soldiers were trailing me. Anyone who knows
me, knows that I don’t have military security details.

“Along Abacha road where you have Algate Hotel, to my surprise I heard
my security men shouting that the soldiers are behind us. I have said
this severally about the GOC of the 6 Division that nobody should kill
because he was promised the position of Chief of Army Staff “.

The governor said that the General Officer Commanding the Division can
be promoted a Chief of Army Staff without killing anyone. He said that
there is no need to kill innocent people for a personal ambition.

He said that Rivers State is strategically positioned in Nigeria and
should not be destabilised for political goals.

“Rivers State is so important to this country. The economy of Nigeria
cannot survive without Rivers State. By what they are doing, they are
scaring investors away”, Governor Wike said.

He urged the President to talk to the Army to reduce their level of
partisanship and illegal activities ahead of the elections.

“The GOC held a meeting with the soldiers yesterday and said they must
do everything they can to ensure that the President wins. That is not
good. Allow Nigerians to support whoever they want to support”, he
said.

He said there is no reason for any fight in the state because the APC
is not running the Governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly
Elections in Rivers State.

He regretted that the Nigeria Army has started arresting PDP in Eleme
and other Local Government Areas. He said that 182 persons have been
pencilled down for arrest by the Army.

Governor Wike decried the supply of military uniforms to APC
militants because it would have post elections negative
consequences.

Earlier, the Political Officer of the British High Commission in
Nigeria, Louis Edwards said that they were in the state to observe the
Elections.

She said that the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Rivers State
assured her that things would work well. She said that she is looking
forward to a peaceful Elections.

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