- Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is a man who is known for his outspokenness
- Wike has not hidden his disdain for federal authorities after the Rivers rerun legislative elections
- He tongue-lashed the Nigerian Police Special Joint Investigation Panel on Rivers Rerun today, January 11
Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has berated the the Nigerian Police Special Joint Investigation Panel on the Rivers rerun legislative elections.
The governor stated that the committee was established by the Inspector-General of Police with the aim of assisting the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the election tribunal.
He made the pronouncement while receiving the committee members at the Government House, Port Harcourt earlier today, January 11.
He told the committee that his government has since challenged the setting up of the panel in court, with the chairman of the panel, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Damian Okoro as one of the defendants.
He also notified them that the people of the state will not participate in the activities of the panel since the matter was already in court.
The governor said: "I must tell you with all honesty that my people and I will not participate in the sitting of this panel. We have challenged the setting up of this panel in court.
"Let there be a judicial pronouncement on this matter. It will enrich our jurisprudence. This panel has not shown us that it will not be biased.
"All these activities are orchestrated so that APC will use the materials therefrom at the Tribunal .
"Even you as the chairman of the panel cannot say from your conscience that you are not biased."
The governor berated the Police High Command cover-up of the video evidence that showed the invasion of Rivers East Senatorial District Collation by an officer, Akin Fakorede and his SARS personnel.
He also wondered why the police has refused to make public how DSP Alkali was killed, simply because the person indicted was a commissioner under the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
His words: "The same Akin Fakorede who was caught on video after he invaded the Rivers East Senatorial is the one who is arranging witnesses for the panel set up by the Inspector-General of Police.
"Nobody is investigating the case of Rivers APC printing fake result sheets which the police is trying to sweep under the carpet "
He continued: "We believe that the Panel has already taken a decision. We are convinced that the essence of the panel is to witch-hunt our people and we have evidence to show. We cannot because of one man's interest, destroy the state.
"Already, you have dismissed policemen attached to me without even hearing from me. This is the same panel that claims it is investigating the conduct of all policemen during the rerun legislative elections."
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Earlier, Chairman of the Nigerian Police Special Joint Investigation Panel on Rivers Rerun, Mr Damian Okoro said that the panel was in the state to interface with the governor on what transpired before, during and after the rerun elections.
He added that the panel will also examine the role of security personnel during the rerun legislative elections.