By Anayo Onukwugha, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State government has rejected the report of the Nigerian Police on the last weekend’s clash between the convoy of Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, and the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
Describing the report as biased and sad development, the state government said with the report, the Nigerian Police has chosen to disgrace itself.
The commissioner for Information and Communications, Barrister Emma Okah, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, said the police did not investigate the matter but acted a script written for it by the Commander of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) Mr Akin Fakorede.
Okah said, “The Rivers State Government has rejected and dismissed the Nigeria Police report on the convoy attack on the Governor of Rivers State by the Minister of Transport, saying the biased report is a sad development for the police force that has chosen to disgrace itself.
“Two days ago, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police in a statement said the convoy incident was a minor accident and that investigations did not show how the outrider and his bike were knocked down, even though the man is alive and in his custody.
“He also said that the Governor was 400 meters away from crime scene but admitted that the Governor’s CSO queried a lot of SARS officers who were around the scene. This is turning logic upside down.
“The police did not investigate the matter but acted a script written for it by the Commander of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) Mr Akin Fakorede, who is a bosom friend and hatchet man of the Minister of Transport and the APC.
“From the totality of the statement of the Police in Rivers State, it is very obvious that plans and strategies have reached advanced stages to eliminate the Governor of Rivers State His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON and the incident of last Sunday is a manifestation of the plans of the police.
“It is wicked and wrong for the police to treat a state governor like a subordinate of a minister, more so when the police has been receiving tremendous logistics and financial support from the Rivers State Government.
“Not to recognize the priority of the Governor’s convoy over any other convoy in the state except those allowed by law is a national embarrassment. Could this be the reason why the Nigerian police was recently voted as the worst in the whole world?
“It is deliberate falsehood for the police to say that at the time the outrider got to Nkpogu Junction and intercepted the Minister’s SUV Black Lexus 750 Jeep, the convoy of the governor was 400 meters away.
“It is even more satanic for the same police to say that they did not know how the outrider fell from his Bike when everybody including the Minister of Transport said that he was the one who intentionally knocked down the bike and the rider.
“The Governor’s convoy was a short one on that Sunday and the outrider who is the first part of the convoy was certainly not up to 60 meters away from the Governor. If the police was in doubt as to who knocked down the outrider, why did they not ask the rider who they have since detained and are planning to dismiss from service for doing his job?
“It further mangles logic that the police is confused as to who has the No. 1 convoy right in the State. Is the office of minister above that of the Governor of a state in Nigeria?
“It is wrong for the Police to accord priority to the convoy of a Minister over and above that of the State Governor, confirming accusations that the police has low regard for the government and people of Rivers State.
“When a police high command indulges in deliberate falsehood and closes its eyes to the truth, the people cannot trust it and the result is an express invitation to anarchy as the police is doing in Rivers State.”