Assassination attempt: Amaechi's SARS and Army escorts attack Wike

Assassination attempt: Amaechi's SARS and Army escorts attack Wike

The Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris has ordered a probe into the Saturday clash between security details of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and those of Minister of Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Mr. Wike said he was attacked by officers of the police special anti robbery squad attached to Mr. Amaechi's convoy.

"The incident occurred in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, along Trans-Amadi road, Nwaja axis".

After the attack, the Rivers State Governor continued with his inspection of Projects.

Nwakaudu added that one of Amaechi's aide-de-camp identified as Debewari supervised the alleged attack "which included damage of cameras held by journalists".

According to Princewill, "I am at a loss if this was not an assassination attempt on the Minister, somebody should explain to me in a clearer sentence why did the Wike's despatch rider failed to stop the two security vehicles of the Minister which had already crossed but decided for whatever reasons to block the vehicle in which the Minister was driving?"

"The SARS personnel and soldiers in the minister's convoy mowed down the governor's escort rider and attacked the policemen in the pilot vehicle".

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Amaechi's escort details were, however, unlucky during the 3p.m. attack, as one of them, Sgt. Eteng Ewelu, was battered, with blood on his face, while the AK-47 rifle of Sgt. Princewill Ubaji was snatched, while being forcibly disarmed, with the rifle taken away by the Rivers governor's convoy.

Rivers APC also stated that the risky trend, if not nipped in the bud, might jeopardise the peace pervading the Niger Delta.

Amaechi also said in the statement that, seeing he maintained his calm, Wike's security attache further dragged out the policeman attached to him (Amaechi') and beat him up while Wike moved round each vehicle in his (Amaechi's) convoy abusing him and his entourage.

However, Amaechi has denied the allegation, saying the governor was engaging in a power show that led to his narrow escape after being shot by his security men.

"However, when Governor Wike got to the point where the incident occurred after Amaechi's vehicle had gone, his security men blocked the road again, and thoroughly beat up a policeman attached to Amaechi in Port Harcourt".

Reacting to Saturday's attack on his convoy, Wike urged his people not be surprised at the level of desperation by the Minister of Transportation, noting that they should expect worst actions by the APC in the future. "Akin Fakorede (a Chief Superintendent of Police), who received the minister of transportation at the Port Harcourt International Airport and accompanied on his trip". "The policeman's rifle was also taken from him". These constant harrasement and attempt on the Life of Governor Wike is an open invitation to anarchy and another plan of the APC to ignite crisis against Rivers State.

Wike further claimed that the appellate court was being used to create an atmosphere of conflict in the state to pave the way for the central government to execute something sinister.

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