Unbelievable! Governor Nyesom Wike escaped five assassination attempts in eleven months. Austin Tam-George, Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, said on Monday. Who is really after Wike’s life? This claim comes after the IGP revealed that the Governor Wike is being watched.
Tam-George described the attempts on the governor’s life as “callous and insensitive”.
He said that “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”, adding that the first attempt to kill the governor was made immediately after the Supreme Court verdict.
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 one hundred and fifty million naira was made to two of the six dismissed police officers to directly kill the governor but the officers declined the offer.
Interpol And ILO Inquiry
“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”, 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 would 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 de-market the state 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 politically intimidate opponents.
Governor Wants African Bar Association Intervention
Speaking during a courtesy visit to Government House, Port Harcourt, by the Governing Council of the African Bar Association, Governor Wike regretted that the Nigerian Bar Association (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 Gambia and Burundi.
“The NBA has sold out. At the time the people needed the NBA to stand with them, the NBA withdrew.
“We have given the EFCC and the Federal Government the opportunity to intimidate the judiciary with frivolous petitions and prosecution”.