Following the alleged clash between the convoys of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called for the arrest of the Minister.
Felix Obuah, State Chairman of the party said the Federal Government should address the Minister’s alleged “unwarranted attack” on Wike to avoid future occurrence.
Speaking in Port Harcourt, the state capital, Obuah said Amaechi should be arrested for contravening traffic laws and for unauthorized use of siren.
He also faulted the State Police Command’s position that there was no assassination attempt on the life of Wike.
Obuah also alleged that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, and the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, were plotting to sack the Police outrider, who was in the convoy of the governor.
According to Obuah, “This is a very serious issue, that a man so highly placed in this country even though he is undeserving of the position, could descend so low as to knock down a governor’s outrider on the middle of the road. Yet, the police call it mere infraction between two prominent personalities in the State.
“This is shocking to note and if we may ask, where was Amaechi heading to, on that fateful day and that particular time? This is the question the security agencies need to clarify.
“It’s against this lockdrop that we are unequivocally calling that Amaechi be arrested for the unauthorized use of siren and for contravening all traffic rules that led to the ugly incident”, he said.
Speaking further, Obuah noted with dismay: “Worse still, we hear that rather than reprimand Amaechi, Gov Wike’s outrider, who was not only deliberately knocked down by Amaechi personally on the wheels, but narrowly escaped being killed, is being tried and threatened with sack.
“This is unjust and ungodly and we pray that the police do not go ahead with such treachery to save the little that remains of the Nigeria Police image under IGP, Ibrahim Idris.
“Nigerians are watching particularly, in light of all manner of atrocities and wanton waste of innocent lives by certain members of the Police force, particularly the Federal SARS under the IGP in Rivers State. Yet, the police high command turns a blind eye while the perpetrators walk about uncautioned and continuing with their maiming spree.
“The Police Outrider was subsequently detained with hardened criminals. His family members allege that he has been physically tortured, while he has been held incommunicado.”