By Anayo Onukwugha, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has decried the politicisation of security in the state by the Police High Command, saying that it is negatively affecting the state’s security architecture.
Wike, who stated this on Monday when course participants of the National Defence College, who are on study tour of Rivers State visited him at Government House, Port Harcourt, said the state is suffering certain avoidable security infractions because of the politics introduced in security management.
The governor commiserated with the families of the deceased in Obio/Akpor local government area, saying that the administration will continue to strengthen security, despite the acts by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to sabotage the state security architecture.
He said, “We had a security incident, I expected the State Commissioner of Police to be here to brief me and for us to plan to forestall a recurrence, but he will not come. He may brief me over the telephone.”
Wike reiterated that the SARS Commander, Mr Akin Fakorede was specifically positioned in the state by the Police High Command to disorganise the state security architecture.
The governor informed that the same SARS Commander, who was indicted by the INEC official election report as being involved in the repeated rigging of elections, has been left in the state to continue to wreak havoc on the security architecture.
He said, “We wrote to the Inspector General of Police to transfer those who sabotage our security out of the State, but he chose to leave them. Instead, the security saboteurs are busy participating in kidnapping and armed robbery with the use of SARS platform.
“Everyday people are crying on radio about their experiences with SARS, yet the Police High Command has refused to act”, he said.
Wike stated that certain official federal policies and decisions also negatively affect security in the Niger Delta.
According to the governor, the Niger Delta is considered safe for the drilling of oil, but not safe for the international oil companies to have their head offices.
He stated that his administration has invested in youth development and empowerment in order to improve the security situation of the state.
In his remarks, the team leader and secretary of the National Defence College, Air Vice Marshal Shafi Kudo said that the theme of the study tour is: “Youth Empowerment and National Security: Issues and Prospects.”
Kudo lauded the governor for his achievements, noting that his projects have transformed the landscape of Rivers State.
He said, “We are aware that you have turned the state into a construction site. Rivers State has been transformed”.