Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, who is now the Minister of Transportation, have accused each other of assault after their security aides clashed in Port Harcourt on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
While Wike had claimed that he was attacked, Amaechi alleged that he was almost killed by the governors security aides.
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A statement issued in Port Harcourt by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu, alleged that the security agents who attacked Wike’s convoy were in the motorcade of Amaechi.
According to Nwakaudu, the governor was on project inspection when he was attacked at Nwanja Junction on Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt.
The statement read: “The SARs Personnel and Soldiers in the Minister’s convoy hit down the Governor’s Escort Rider and attacked the policemen in the pilot car.”
“Also part of the attack, was the Commander of Rivers SARS, Mr Akin Fakorede who received the Minister of Transportation at the Port Harcourt L Airport and accompanied on his trip.”
“The Minister of Transportation had over 50 SARS Personnel, Soldiers and Mobile Policemen in his motorcade.”
“Mr. Wike was unhurt.”
However, Mr. Amaechi denied the claims, saying that “gun-totting security men attached to Wike’s convoy” surrounded Mr. Amaechi’s car, threatening to shoot him.
In a statement, the former Rivers governor said although he eventually passed through unhurt, his car was “vandalised with a broken side mirror”.
The statement said, “In a blatant show of naked raw power, the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, this afternoon narrowly escaped being shot by security men attached to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike. His car wasn’t that lucky though. The car was vandalized and left with a broken side mirror.
“The incident occurred in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, along Trans-Amadi road, Nwaja axis. The minister had arrived Port Harcourt this afternoon (Saturday).
“Accompanied by cars of many of his supporters, the minister’s black SUV was intercepted and blocked at the junction by the security motorcycle outrider attached to Wike after two cars had passed through. One of the two cars conveyed security men assigned to protect the minister in Port Harcourt.
“Suddenly, security men attached to Wike’s convoy surrounded the minister’s car, threatening to shoot him. They hit the car, tried to smash the windscreens, windows and broke a side mirror. All through this attack, Amaechi remained calm inside the fortified vehicle. Wike also stayed inside his vehicle.
“The minister eventually passed through after the intervention of the security team on the ground to protect him in Port Harcourt.
“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. The policeman’s rifle was also taken from him.”
The enmity between the duo have strengthened since the 2015 election when the PDP took over power from APC in the state.
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