Rivers Government demands release of SSG, Wike’s adviser

FILE PHOTO: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (centre), addressing a crowd of his supporters as he arrives Port Harcourt, the state capital immediately after the tribunal ruling, while his deputy, Dr Ipalibo Banigo (left) and Bro. Felex Obuah – State PDP Chairman accompanying him at Omagwa International Airport.
FILE PHOTO: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (centre), addressing a crowd of his supporters as he arrives Port Harcourt, the state capital immediately after the tribunal ruling, while his deputy, Dr Ipalibo Banigo (left) and Bro. Felex Obuah – State PDP Chairman accompanying him at Omagwa International Airport.

The Rivers State Government has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the Secretary to the State Government, Keneth Kobani, and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects, Cyril Wite.

Both men were reportedly arrested by the Nigerian military on Saturday during the re-run elections in the state.

The state government described the role of the military in the election as “shameful, embarrassing, and a kick in the face of constitutional democracy.”

“Never in the history of Rivers State have we witnessed such a blatant deployment of maximum violence against unarmed voters,” the government said on Sunday, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Austin Tam-George.

The government alleged that the SSG, Mr. Kobani, was chained to a chair overnight, and denied his medication, despite his failing health.

The reported cases of violence and ballot snatchings prompted the Independent National Electoral Commission to suspend the election initially in four local government areas of Bonny, Andoni, Khana, and Gokana.

The election was also suspended in two more local government areas – Eleme and Tai.

The general elections in Rivers State in 2015 were characterised by violence with several people killed. The elections were condemned by local and international observers. The re-run elections were held after the Court of Appeal annulled the victories of the PDP candidates who were initially declared winners.

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  • Spoken word

    Kobani should be prosecuted

    • Burbank

      With Cyril Witel.

  • Company man

    I pity these men. The people that sent them or thought they were working for are in the comfort zones in their respective houses now. Whereas they are chained down like criminals in military custody.

  • owhonda

    While abusing the Nigerian army, the Rivers. Stats govt did not bother to tell anyone what Kobani and witel did to be arrested.

    For those who don’t know, Kobani was seen moving from one ward to another in his LGA demanding for original result sheets. The electoral law is clear that it is an offence. Even Amaechi was warned to remain only in his polling unit and ward by the DIG and he obeyed. So who is Kobani.
    Cyril witel himself was caught with 4 thugs all dressed in army uniforms, carrying weapons and 3 million cash.
    Should the army fold its hands and watch these crimes?
    Rather than explain to Nigerians first what the men did, the RSG releases this thrash.
    Both men should be charged to court

    • egoigwe

      Exactly… not detained and chained to a chair at some military facility without his meds.

      • Burbank

        Like when Fayose ordered the military to chain Capt Koli’s brother.

    • Nomolyz

      So Police Station, Mile 1 Diobu is Amaechi’s polling unit?

  • just kennie

    Like have always said about rivers state politics, many are dead, many are kidnapped houses are raised, but Wike is a governor, dakuki is a DG and Ameachi is a minister.

  • egoigwe

    The military has effectively seized power in Rivers State… it’s a coup!

    • Burbank

      Wike is still governor, isn’t it, or just a helpless useless powerless puppet ?

    • Arabakpura

      Serves them right!

  • Burbank

    “Never in the history of Rivers State have we witnessed such a blatant deployment of maximum violence against unarmed voters”

    Wrong, that was when GEJ was in power.

  • Jaja Majaja

    Meanwhile over 300 people lay dead or missing in Agatu, but for some strange and satanic reasons , nobody in Abuja gives a damn.

  • Nigeria4u

    Buhari is evil