The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has accused the commissioner of police in the state of withdrawing “majority of (the) policemen providing security for him”
Mr. Wike also claimed that he intercepted a security manual to be used by the police for the December 10 rerun legislative election in the state, according to a statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, the governor’s media aide.
“As I speak with you, the Commissioner of Police has withdrawn the security around me,” Mr. Wike was quoted as saying on Friday, when he flagged off the reconstruction of the Igbo-Etche Road.
“It is God that will protect me.
“As a governor, the Commissioner of Police has the effrontery to withdraw my security. There is no limit to this kind of intimidation and impunity,” Mr. Wike said.
The governor alleged that the police in the state was planning to “attach at least 15 policemen to one APC leader, for the purpose of intimidation and theft of electoral materials”.
He also alleged that policemen would be used by INEC to divert election materials to the home of All Progressives Congress leaders for electoral fraud.
Mr. Wike, who called on youths to protect their votes in the forthcoming election, said nobody in the state would be intimidated by the police. He warned the police against indiscriminate arrest in the state.
The police in the state dismissed the governor’s allegations as untrue.
“We have not withdrawn any security attached to the governor, and we don’t intend to withdraw it,” Nnamdi Omoni, the Police spokesman in the state, told PREMIUM TIMES, Friday night.
Mr. Wike had made a similar accusation against INEC, alleging that the electoral body was planning with the APC to rig the election. The commission equally dismissed the allegation as untrue and baseless.