Wike Begs IGP : “Return My Chief Security Officer”


Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has told the Inspector General of Police , Ibrahim Idris  that the surreptitious  withdrawal of his Chief Security Officer has exposed his life to danger.

This is as the governor  asked the Inspector General of Police to transfer the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations , Stephen Hasso and the Commander of Special Anti-Robbery Squad  ( SARS) Akin Fakorede for deliberately  compromising the security of Rivers State  because of partisan reasons .

Speaking  when he granted audience to the Inspector-General of Police , Ibrahim Idris  on Thursday  at the Government House , Port Harcourt , Governor Wike  regretted that without  consultation , the Inspector General of Police  took sides with an overtly partisan Assistant  Commissioner of Police , Steven Hasso who attempted to  invade Government House with APC supporters.

The governor  said  that he was shocked  by  the  inaccurate  statement released by the Office of the Inspector General of Police that his Chief Security Officer was withdrawn for misconduct .

He informed the Inspector-General of that contrary to his claim that his Chief Security Officer was withdrawn for misconduct , the Chief Security Officer only stopped Stephen Hasso and APC hired crowd from invading Government House , Port Harcourt .

“The moment you touch my Chief Security Officer , you are telling me that you are ready for me. As I sit, I am empty, I have no protection .

“When people start to  embarrass the governor , take his Chief Security Officer without  information , it is completely  wrong .  What you have done is the highest disrespect  to the office of the Governor .

“I am pleading with you, my life is very important .  I will not take any Chief Security Officer  you bring to me that I don’t know .  This is a matter of security  and  protection , it is not what you do with levity”.

The governor  warned the Inspector-General of Police against  politicising  the  security  of  the  rerun elections , because  after the election  there will still be  governance. He told the Police High Command that the people of Rivers State  will support an unbiased  Police Force, but warned that the people  will  resist any attempt  to  use security agencies for untoward electoral action.

 He said: “If the police wants a free and fair elections , the police  will get free and fair elections ” .

Governor Wike  berated the police for declaring a state-wide curfew without consultation  with  the  Rivers State Security Council .

He reminded the Inspector General of Police that he has written several  letters to his office  without reply .  He informed  him that  the State SARS Commander , Mr Akin Fakorede has distributed SARS  uniform to APC  thugs.

Earlier , the  Inspector General of Police , Ibrahim Idris said that he was in the state to ensure that the election was peaceful .

He urged the people of Rivers State to support  the Security agencies to deliver peaceful polls.

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