UPDATED: Nigerian govt dismisses Wike’s alarm on assassination threat

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

The Nigerian government has dismissed an alarm raised by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, that he is being targeted for elimination by state authorities.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the council’s meeting held Wednesday at the presidential villa, Abuja.

Mr Wike made the allegation during his administration’s third year anniversary thanksgiving service at the Living Faith Church, Port Harcourt, on Sunday.

The governor said he had received intelligence report that the assassination plot was programmed to take place in a crowded place after which the government would claim he was a victim of accidental discharge.
He said he needed to alert Nigerians on the plot because of its gravity.

Reacting Wednesday, Mr Mohammed said, “I think one of the beauty of being a governor is that you enjoy immunity from prosecution and arrest.

“Because, I remember a couple of years ago when I made a similar allegation, I was invited to Force Headquarters.”

Mr Wike is a member of the opposition party, PDP, which lost the 2015 presidential election to the now ruling APC.

His Rivers State is one of the richest in the country and the most populous in South-south Nigeria.

On the planned resignation of Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, from the Federal Executive Council following his emergence as APC candidate for Ekiti governorship elections, Mr Mohammed said he was not fully aware of such plan.
“I think I read it just like you that he will resign this week. If he did say so today is just Wednesday I think we still have the rest of the week to see if he will resign.

“But I think really he is the best person that can speak on it,’’ he added.

Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari approved N5.1 billion for the rehabilitation of Ila Orangun – Oke Ila – Ilale Aka road linking Osun to Ekiti State.

Mr Mohammed said the rehabilitation of the 34 kilometres’ road project which was started by Osun State government was abandoned after about three kilometres work on the project.

Also, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau disclosed that the Council approved N582 million for consultancy services for construction of technology building to accommodate data communication command and control centre for the Nigeria Immigration Service.

Mr Dambazau said the completion period of the contract was 22 months.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi revealed that the Council approved N1.6 billion for the procurement and installation of 64 tonnes capacity Mobile Crane for Lokoja River Port complex as well as training of staff.

He said the Council also approved N280 million for hiring of International Advisers saddled with the responsibility of advising the Federal Government on the financial models to be adopted while negotiating for various railways contracts.

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