The Nigerian police is partisan – Governor says

Wike said this at the annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), on August 22, 2016.

Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike

He said this following the undefinedvenue of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convention on August 17, 2016 by the police.

Wike also wondered why the police decided to implement the ruling of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja, ordering the suspension of the PDP convention.

Adding that the High Court in River state had earlier mandated the police provide security for the convention.

Wike said “The Honorable Justice Okon Abang sat until about 1700 hours, took a short break, and delivered his controversial judgment at about 1800 hours.

“By this time, the convention venue had already been sealed by a large contingent of security personnel, personally led by the Rivers State Commissioner of Police and the State Director of the Department of State Security.

“The question is: when was the enrolled order prepared, vetted, signed, served and/or transmitted to the Police in Port Harcourt for enforcement in a matter in which they were never sued or joined as parties?

“And because a PDP convention must be prevented from holding, the lives and property of Rivers people became inconsequential in the reckoning of the CP and the SDDSS.”

Adding that “In Rivers State, politics and partisan considerations now determine the posting of senior security officers to the state.

“In particular, having signed in onto the unholy conspiracy to undermine our administration, the security high command in Abuja prefers to make deployments that are intended to shore up the political fortunes of a degraded political opposition at the expense of providing effective security cover to the state and its people.

“With an average turnover of less than three months, the present CP is the fifth police chief they have posted to Rivers State since we assumed office.”

According to reports the Ekiti state Governor, Ayo Fayose was placed under house arrest in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state, where he went to attend the PDP convention.

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