Escort Commander, 20 Others Of Gov Wike Arrested, Whisk To Abuja

Escort Commander, 20 Others Of Gov Wike Arrested, Whisk To Abuja
Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
All the twenty one (21) Police officers in the escort unit of the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike have been arrested and whisked to the Forces Headquarters, Abuja on the order of the Inspector General of police, IGP, Abubakar Idriss.
The affected officers were alleged to have shot sporadically into the air on December 11 at a collation center for the Rivers East Senatorial district during the rerun legislative election a fortnight ago.
But a dependable Police source revealed that the underlining reason behind the arrest was their refusal to immediately proceed on a transfer shortly before the last rerun election in which the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, won two out of the three senatorial districts.
According to the source, the transfer of the 21 man team of the Governor’s escort was planned to psychologically weaken and destabilize Wike during the election. “It was part of several other moves to prepare grounds for the rigging of the election by the APC”.
The escort commander was alleged to have been issued a query for the alleged gunshot which he had since responded to. “But this was a case of taking a cockroach to the court of a cock”, the source said.
In his response to the query, the escort commander was said to have denied the allegation of sporadic shooting leveled against his unit, citing several orders and protocols which forbid Governor’s escort from releasing fire, except on extreme situations, which was not the case in reference.
Rivers state government had severally accused the men of special anti-robbery squad, SARS, led by their commander, CSP Akin Fakorode that engaged the officials of the independent national electoral commission, INEC, to allegedly rig the election for the APC in the Rivers east senatorial district. They shot to scare away people.
When contacted, the Rivers state police public relations officer, PPRO, Nnamdi Omoni denied any knowledge of such development. “I am not aware. To the best of my knowledge I am not aware of such thing yet”, he said in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, Wike has reaffirmed that the violence  that marred the rerun elections in the state was orchestrated by security agencies with a motive to making the state ungovernable for politically  motivated reasons.
 
The governor also announced that the Police High Command had arrested all his personal  police  details who accompanied  him to stop SARS Commander Akin Fakorede from rigging  Rivers East Senatorial District.  He said that all the said policemen  have been  detained in Abuja by the Police High Command. 
 
The governor  addressed members of the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Council who paid him a Goodwill  Christmas Visit  on Tuesday
 
He said  that the Police High Command  is insisting that the  policemen  shouldn’t have accompanied  him to stop Fakorede.  
 
Governor Wike explained that  he was compelled to take action  because  the previous day, policemen and soldiers were used by the APC at Ikwerre LGA to beat up PDP agents and force Collation Officers to concoct results. 
 
“The security  agencies orchestrated plans to cause violence with a view to making the state ungovernable for ulterior motives.
 
“As I speak  with you, all my personal  police details  who accompanied me to stop Fakorede  from successfully  rigging the Rivers East Senatorial District election have been arrested and detained  in Abuja “.
 
The governor  drew the attention  of Nigerians to the fact  that Rivers State  has been peaceful  since the conclusion of the rerun elections. 
 
He said: “Look at how peaceful  Rivers State has become after the elections.  Why was the election  violent? It is because they wanted particular candidates to win and they wanted to rig in favour  of  such candidates.
 
“I was called to  share seats. I said I will not participate  in such a fraud. I insisted  that the votes must count. Let everyone  go for elections “
 
The governor  berated INEC  for conniving with APC  to print fake result sheets ahead of the elections.  He noted that INEC and Police have swept the matter under the carpet.
 
He informed that many INEC  staff who were victims of violence by security agencies are under pressure  from the electoral commission  to deny the physical assault  on them .