Gov. Wike blames oil companies for Rivers violence

Pic.4. Danbazzau is in Rivers State to commiserate with the state government on Omoku Violence-001
FROM LEFT: Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau; Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers; and Police Commissioner in the State, Mr Zaki Ahmed, during the visit of the Minister to the Government House in Port Harcourt on Friday (5/1/18), to commiserate with the state government over recent Omoku violence. 0082/5/1/2018/BJO/NAN

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, has blamed the international oil companies for the increase in cult activities in the oil-rich state.

Mr. Wike, who was reacting to the gruesome killing of 17 people in the state on the New Year Day by unknown gunmen, said oil companies in the state were awarding surveillance contracts to cultists who in turn use the money to buy sophisticated weapons to terrorise the communities.

The governor spoke on Friday when he received the visiting Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau, at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

Mr. Danbazzau said he was directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to visit the state and assess its security situation because of the killing.

A Government House statement quoted the governor as telling the minister that the security agencies in the state knew the cult kingpins terrorising various communities in the state.

“The security agencies have the profiles of all cult kingpins in different parts of the state and they know their locations.

“There is no wisdom in the politicization of security. Insecurity can affect anybody. You can never know the next victim of insecurity,” Mr. Wike said, adding that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has failed to heed several requests made by the Rivers government for the deployment of special squads to tackle cultism and kidnapping in the state.

“The peculiar nature of Rivers State requires peculiar intervention,” the governor said. “Before now, I have been shouting that we need support to fight crime.”

The governor attacked politicians whom he said were using the killings to play politics and make false allegations against the state.

The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside, who is an indigene of the state, said that cultism and cult-related killing thrived in the state because of the backing from powerful politicians.

Mr. Peterside also blamed Governor Wike whom he said lacked the capacity to tackle the security challenges in the state.

“I have said it time and again that Governor Wike lacks the capacity and competence to guarantee the safety and security of Rivers people.

“It is unfortunate that over 1,000 persons have been killed in questionable circumstances in the last two years under his watch. He should stop playing politics with the lives of Rivers people and face governance,” Mr. Peterside said.


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  • Sword of Damocles

    I wonder if the interior minister brought his assigned “shoe-shiner” with him on the trip? (just wondering)

    • Prosperous Nigeria

      Why you dey dangle your sword over the man? You are not good oo!

      • Sword of Damocles

        I no dangle nada over da man, na im guilty conscience dey worry am. Person wey no do wrong no dey worry. na lie I talk?

    • Onye Obosi

      No. He did not. Wike has accepted to do the job Mahhala.
      Free of charge.

      • Sword of Damocles

        you are probably right. See as job no dey Naija at all oo. Now I don’t know about the free of charge. if na true, then Wike must like am well-well if you get my drift(wink wink)
        feliz navidad!

        • Onye Obosi

          They are all politicians, never to be trusted.
          Meanwhile, Prospero año jare!

  • Holy truth

    So no be amaechi dey cause wahala again?

  • Onye Obosi

    I repeat, “Whoever is trusting these politicians, or fighting on their behalf does so at his or her own peril. Wike now blaming the oil companies, and asking for special police squad to tackle cultism in Rivers state. The same cultist he has been exploiting for his political gains. When the Efcc wants to arrest corrupt judges you become the chief security officer of your state, but when the cultist starts killing the poor masses, you turn to the IGP for special squad. What a clown. And they say his wife is a judge?”

    • Gibson

      Good observation. Your head dey there. Odili created Ateke, Asari and the rest of the creek boys for political gains Today Wike is creating a new set of terror squad that’ll end up in the creeks blowing up pipelines.

  • Otile

    By appointing those dead people Imam and his Presidency are sending a message to Nigerian people that there is nothing to fear because Imam is 100% sure that the dead workers will never do any hard/bad work in their appointed roles. Their huge salaries will still be lodged into the accounts designated in their names by the presidency. We will never get any complaint that their salaries were not paid in time. The Presidency has that in mind.

    Perhaps that is why the news about what Chief Wike said took president over the fraudulent appointment of dead people.

  • Edafe Ebruvwiyo

    were are those puppet who accuse Ameachi of perpetrating the act to destruct wike governance in facebook, simply because Ameachi did not support Gej in 2015 he Ameachi is now your enemy, I wonder how people will not care about life ,they can do anything for politics .your people are dying instead of looking for a solution to this evil, you stand to bring politics to it. Forgeting that they are creating a monster that will eventually become like Boko Haram.