Lawlessness Of The Highest Order As The Convoys Of Gov Wike & Minister Amaechi Clash In Rivers State.
Scene of the Clash Between the Convoys of Gov Wike and Minister Amaechi, Saturday November 11th in Rivers State Capital Portharcourt.
It was a show of shame and lawlessness of the highest order yesterday as the convoys conveying the Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike and that of the Nigerian Minster For Transport and the immediate past governor of Rivers State Mr Chibuike Amaechi were involved in what could best be described as a show of shame, lawlessness and thughery by the ruling class.
Both Governor Nyesom Wike and the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, are accusing each other of assault after the shameful clash by their security aides in Port Harcourt on Saturday November the 11th.
Mr. Wike said he was attacked by officers of the police special anti robbery squad attached to Mr. Amaechi’s convoy.
In a statement by his spokesperson, Simeon Nwakaudu, the governor said he was on project inspection when he was attacked at Nwanja Junction on Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt.
“The SARs Personnel and Soldiers in the Minister’s convoy hit down the Governor’s Escort Rider and attacked the policemen in the pilot car,” the statement said.
“Also part of the attack, was the Commander of Rivers SARS, Mr Akin Fakorede who received the Minister of Transportation at the Port Harcourt L Airport and accompanied on his trip.”
“The Minister of Transportation had over 50 SARS Personnel, Soldiers and Mobile Policemen in his motorcade.”
Mr. Wike was unhurt, the statement said.
Mr. Amaechi denied the claims, saying that “gun-totting security men attached to Wike’s convoy” surrounded Mr. Amaechi’s car, threatening to shoot him.
The Ministers Media Office in a statement yesterday said, “In a blatant show of naked raw power, Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi this (yesterday) afternoon narrowly escaped being shot by security men attached to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike. His car wasn’t that lucky though. The car was vandalized with a broken side mirror.”
“Accompanied by cars of many of his supporters, the minister’s black jeep was intercepted and blocked at the junction by the security motorcycle outrider attached to Wike after two cars had passed through.”
“One of the two cars had security men assigned to protect the minister in Port Harcourt. Suddenly, gun-toting security men attached to Wike’s convoy, surrounded the minister’s car, threatening to shoot him.”
“They hit the car, tried to smash the windscreens, back and side windows and broke a side mirror. All through this attack, Amaechi remained calm, inside the fortified Jeep. While the attack occurred, Governor Wike also remained inside his own vehicle.”
The statement said the minister eventually passed through after the intervention of the security team on ground to protect him in Port Harcourt.
Reports of the sad and shameful incident was immediately lodged at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) of the Rivers Police Command, headed by Zaki Ahmed, while Ubaji’s rifle had not been recovered, with Ewelu and other injured policemen still receiving treatment in undisclosed hospitals in Port Harcourt, as at press time.
It was exclusively gathered yesterday evening in Port Harcourt through a top security source, who would not want to be named, that the unfortunate incident heightened tension in the area, with passersby, motorists, other road users and persons in the neighbourhood scampering to safety, to avoid being hit by stray bullets in the confusion.
See The Video Of The Unfortunate Incident Below.
Source : IWN Online Editor
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