Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has accused an unknown Police officer in mufti of harrassing his convoy with an AK-47 riffle while he was on inspection of projects
The Governor, who spoke on Friday when the new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Friday Eboka, visited him at the Government House, Port-Harcourt, said the incident happened while he was on inspection tour of the new Rivers State Legislative Residential Quarters on Thursday.
He said the unknown AK-47 wielding Police officer followed his convoy to a point where he inspected the Speaker’s residence but was later challenged by his security details.
His words :”Yesterday (Thursday), I was going out for inspection. We saw one guy carrying AK-47, not in Police uniform. He was in mufti, blocking us from Waterlines Junction when we went to inspect the Rivers State Assembly’s Quarters on-going project.”
“We moved on to inspect the Speaker’s residence project, and the man was still following us. So, the security wondered what’s going on and stopped him.”
Decrying the spate of insecurity in the State,he tasked the newly posted Commissioner of Police to shun politics, work within his professional mandate of fighting crime and safeguarding the people.
“I will never come to you to say Mr. CP go and do what is illegal. I will never come to you to say so and so person is my friend, he was arrested for kidnapping, so release him. In fact, I’ll even say take him away.”
“Because if I support the person who is kidnapping, it may be my turn tomorrow, I won’t always be Governor. So, whatever you can do with your team, please I beg you in the name of God, provide security. Don’t come here and play politics.”
Governor Wike noted that the level of kidnapping in the State had increased because the immediate past Commissioner of Police abandoned his duty and was hobnobbing with non-state recognised Chiefs.
“The level of kidnapping has gone high in the society. Your former colleague abandoned the job and was being deceived by some people who feign that they are traditional rulers.”
“It’s most unfortunate that the former CP will be going to traditional rulers to be hosting him. It’s a shame. Now, Nigerians don’t have confidence anymore in security agents”, he said.
He said his administration provided the State Police Command with about 150 vehicles, but he regretted that most of the vehicles were mismanaged and some diverted.
Responding, the new Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka said he has dissolved the E-Crack team of the State Police Command because of reports of high-handedness, especially as the Unit has deviated from its core mandate.
He expressed his resolve to creating an effective synergy with all stakeholders, especially the Rivers State Government to succeed on his mandate.
“My duty, essentially in this State is to fight crime and criminality. I know I cannot do that work alone without synergy with other stakeholders.”
“I want to assure you (Governor) that any assistance given to us will be used to improve the security of this State. I have told my men, that there is no arm chair policing in my administration.”
“My officers have been warned to shun corruption, be civil with the public and we will not tolerate accidental discharge, ” he concluded.