Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has accused the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, of planning to kill him.
Governor Wike said in an interview on Saturday, April 8th that the Inspector-General had instructed the Commissioner of Police in the state to kill him. However, Police Spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement on Sunday, described the allegation as malicious, saying it was capable of misleading the public and causing disaffection between the Police Force and the people of Rivers State. Moshood added that the governor was being guarded by no fewer than 221 policemen, which he said were more than what some police area commands in some states had.
The police spokesman said, “There was no time either recently or in the past that the Inspector-General of Police gave an order or assignment to the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State or any police officer anywhere in the country to kill Mr. Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State or directs the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State to cage the governor as alleged.”
“It is incumbent on the Nigeria Police Force to educate the general public and draw the attention of the governor to the facts and figures available for press and members of the public to verify that there are 221 police personnel attached currently to Governor Nyesom Wike for his personal and official protection.”
According to the police, the personnel attached to the governor included one aide-de-camp, one chief security officer, one unit commander (Special Protection Unit); one unit commander (Counter-terrorism Unit), one escort commander, one camp commander; one administrative officer to administer the police personnel, 54 inspectors, 136 sergeants and 24 corporals.