- Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the police in Rivers are partisan
- Wike blamed the police for sabotaging the Rivers state amnesty programme
River state governor, Nyesom Wike has accused the police in his state and the Nigerian police as a whole of affiliating itself to a political party in the country.
Daily Post reports that Wike made this statement during a meeting with the new Commissioner of Police Zaki Ahmed at the government house in Port Harcourt.
The governor urged the police to concentrate on their constitutional responsibility of providing internal security for Nigerians.
Wike noted that the politicisation of police operations in the state had been counterproductive.
The governor lamented that the police had not reciprocated the investments made by his administration in their operations.
Wike said his administration had handed over 150 patrol vans to the police since he assumed leadership of the state.
He added that funds made available to the Police for communication gadgets in all 23 local government areas and purchase of bullet proof vests, were not regarded by the force.
Assuring of his administration’s continued support, Wike urged the Force to be professional in the discharge of their duties.
According to the governor, due to the political considerations, the police sabotaged the Rivers state amnesty programme.
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He said: “The police instead of fighting crime has constituted itself into a political party. Everything for the police must be considered from a political viewpoint .
“Allow politicians to play politics. Simply do security work. A state like Rivers is key to Nigeria. Our national assets are here and that is why we always support security agencies .”
Recall that the last Amnesty Programme was not successful in Ogoniland as cultists and militants in the area refused to key into the programme.
The governor had said that the Amnesty Programme partnership was initiated by the State Security Council, but alleged that the police attempted to sabotage the programme.
Meanwhile, Governor Wike and soldiers have embarked on the destruction of arms & ammunition recovered during the 60-days of disarmament event of Rivers state amnesty programme.
Governor Wike has directed security agencies to liaise with the state government to package a special amnesty programme for cultists and militants for the Ogoni speaking local government areas of the state.
He said that his administration will work with stakeholders to ensure calm is restored across the troubled Ogoni communities.