SAN FRANCISCO, April 29, (THEWILL) – Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Saturday reiterated that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, is out to kill or silence him politically in fulfilment of the political directives that has been handed to the police chief.
This was as he claimed that the IG of police has concluded plans to plant guns and other incriminating items at his Asokoro Extension residence in Abuja, telling all who care to listen that he was not staying in the house and did not keep anything there.
Addressing journalists at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Wike stated that Idris on Friday approved the raid of his Abuja residence, adding that the Police will be in court to get a search warrant on Tuesday.
He stated that information at his disposal indicated that but for the May Day Public Holiday, the Police would have obtained the search warrant on Monday.
The Governor averred that rather than search his house in Abuja, the police boss should raid his house in the village and the one located at Old GRA.
He expressed readiness to fight in Rivers State and not Abuja, adding that the police were after him because he said they would not be allowed to rig election in the state.
“All attempt is being made so that they will go and plant either AK47 or one million dollars in the governor’s house. They can even plant costly wrist watches as a propaganda tool.
“I said I have to let Nigerians know that this is not the way to go about in democracy. Rather, this is an attempt to truncate democracy. That someone differs on issues does not mean you have to go after the person’s life,” he said.
Wike maintained that owing to the unconstitutional nature of the raid, the police refused to indicate that the house to be raided belongs to the Rivers State Governor.
“Nigerians should be aware that should they raid my house in Abuja and claim they found anything, it is incorrect. I have not been going to Abuja, but I will be in Abuja to wait for them to see how they plan to plant guns in my house,” he said.
While maintaining his position that the police boss is after his life, the governor stated that this recent plot is aimed at silencing him because the Rivers State government claimed ownership of the Ikoyi billions, which was reportedly left there by a former Rivers governor.
He decried the pattern that has been adopted in the nation’s democracy, saying that it will negatively affect the growth of the political system in Nigeria.
“Our democracy cannot survive if we continue with this line of action. If the Inspector-General of Police wants to play partisan politics, let him remove his uniform and join us in the arena. He should not continue to wear uniform and do the bidding of politicians like a stooge,” he said, stressing that, “the Inspector-General of Police is after my life”.
Wike regretted that security agencies have adopted the unwholesome method of planting guns and cash when the owners of the houses are not at home, simply for political reasons.
He cited the case of Former Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam and Senator Danjuma Goje.
On the Ikoyi billions, the governor pointed out that Rivers State lawyers are working on the matter, insisting that the money belongs to the Rivers State government.
THEWILL had exclusively reported the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, as claiming ownership of the $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23, 218,000 seized by the EFCC from Osborne Towers, a luxury residential complex in Ikoyi, Lagos, said to be owned by ex-National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Adamu Muazu.
Source: The Will