- Governor Ayodele Fayose has attacked the Federal Government over the sack of Governor Wike's aides
- The Ekiti state governor said the dismissed policemen are heroes of democracy
- Fayose accused the police of being bias in the sack of the men attached to Wike, claiming that the force has been lax in the case of DSP Alkali
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has described the sack of six police officers attached to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike as the sack of six police officers attached to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike as “the height of political victimization by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government.”
He said they were among the patriotic Nigerians who foiled the attempt by the party to rig the Rivers State rerun elections.
Governor Fayose, who described the six police officers as heroes of democracy, said “their names will be written in gold in the comity of defenders of the people of Rivers State and whenever normalcy returns to our body polity, they will surely regain their job.”
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose questioned the police authority on what it had done in respect of the Police officers that Nigerians saw on video hijacking ballot boxes.
“Funny, they claimed that the six police officers, while in the convoy of Governor Wike misused the firearms in their possession and I have asked myself, who did they shoot with the firearms said to have been misused?
“The policemen simply did their job by protecting their principal and punishing them for performing their duties can only be meant to discourage policemen from protecting Governor Wike and other opposition Governors.”
Daily Post reports that the governor also challenge the police to tell Nigerians the report of its investigations on the murder of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mohammed Alkali, and his driver during the Rivers State rerun elections.
He said: “Since Christian Chukwuemela Ekikeme, a member of the gang that killed DSP Alkali, and his driver reportedly linked a certain Mr Kachi Nwokocha, who is a top member of the APC and an aide of the Minister of Transportation and immediate past governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi as sponsor of the gang, the police has been silent on the murder.
“Up till today, the man mentioned as the sponsor of the gang that allegedly killed the DSP has not been questioned by the police.
“Why are Nigerians not being told anything about the murder and the involvement of an APC chieftain just the way the police paraded the six police officers?”
He said: “it is sad that instead of focusing on those who killed its men, the police are now acting as an arm of the APC by punishing whoever acted against the wish of the vindictive leaders of the party.”
In a similar vein, the Rivers state government has described the action of the police in sacking Wike's aides, as a sad development for the Nigerian Police Force.
A statement by Austin Tam-George, the spokesperson for the governor read: "The police officers were subjected to a secret and unfair trial, on totally fictitious charges of professional misconduct, during the rerun elections in Rivers State on the 10th of December 2016.
"This is a tragic day for professionalism and the respect for human rights in the Nigeria police force.
"The dismissed officers committed no crime, other than foil a carefully orchestrated electoral heist by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in collusion with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Nigeria Police force.
"The claim by the Police that the affected officers misused their firearms while in the convoy of governor Wike on the 10th of December 2016, is a wrong and cruel fabrication."