13 November 2017
By Ugonnabo Ngwu
The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has declared that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi should be held responsible if anything untoward happens to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.
This followed claims that operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and soldiers of the Nigerian Army in the convoy of the minister allegedly attacked the governor’s motorcade.
Wike’s Special Adviser on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu alleged, in a statement, that the SARS personnel and soldiers on Amaechi’s convoy knocked down the Governor’s outrider and attacked the policemen in the pilot car, adding that the Minister’s Aide-de-camp, Debewari, supervised the attack.
But debunking this account, Amaechi’s media office stated that their principal, in a blatant show of raw power on Saturday afternoon, narrowly escaped being shot by security men attached to the Governor of Rivers State.
Its statement added that the car conveying the Transportation minister was not that lucky, as the vehicle was vandalized with a broken side mirror.
According to the statement, “The incident occurred in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, along Trans-Amadi road, Nwaja axis. The Minister had arrived Port Harcourt this afternoon.
“Accompanied by cars of many of his supporters, the Minister’s black jeep was intercepted and blocked at the junction by the security Motorcycle Outrider attached to Wike after two cars had passed through.
“One of the two cars had security men assigned to protect the minister in Port Harcourt. Suddenly, gun-toting security men attached to Wike’s convoy surrounded the Minister’s car, threatening to shoot him.
“They hit the car, tried to smash the windscreens, back and side windows and broke a side mirror. All through this attack, Amaechi remained calm, inside the fortified Jeep. While the attack occurred, Wike remained inside his vehicle.
“The Minister eventually passed through after the intervention of the security team on ground to protect him in Port Harcourt.
“However, when Governor Wike got to the point where the incident occurred after Amaechi’s vehicle had gone by, his security men blocked the road again, dragged out from a vehicle and thoroughly beat up a police man attached to protect Amaechi in Port Harcourt. The Policeman’s riffle was also taken from him.”
But siding with one of its Governors in what it termed an assassination attempt, the PDP called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call his minister (Amaechi) to order or it would be taken that he is in full support of the harassment the governor is being subjected to.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the Head, Publicity Division of the party, Chinwe Nnorom, on behalf of the National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, PDP called for the removal of the commander of Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, in Rivers State, Akin Fakorede, who it alleged is ever ready to lead any onslaught against Wike.
The statement read: “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is once again constrained to draw the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to another assassination attempt by his Minister of Transport, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi on the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike yesterday being Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“The Convoy of Governor Wike was ambushed by a contingent of security apparatus led by the commander of Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), in Rivers State, Mr. Akin Fakorede and supervised by Amaechi’s ADC, Mr. Debewari. These constant harrasement and attempt on the Life of Governor Wike is an open invitation to anarchy and another plan of the APC to ignite crisis against Rivers State.
“The public is aware that the Minister of Transport has been making attempts on the Life of Governor Wike, and in all of the attempts, the Commander of SARS in Rivers State, Mr. Fakorede is ever ready to lead the ill-advised onslaught.
“Again, we condemn this attack in very strong terms and call on President Buhari to order the immediate transfer of Mr. Fakorede of SARS out of Rivers State. Any delay in effecting this change will be taken that President Buhari is fully in charge of these ugly activities in the State.
“We are also calling on the International Community to take note of these chain of activity that are carefully planned by the Ruling APC and being executed by the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi. If anything happens to Governor Wike or his immediate family and aides, the APC and Mr. Amaechi should be held responsible. ‘A stich in time saves nine’.”