Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has reacted to the sack of six policemen attached to him. According to the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don N. Awunah,fsi, the officers were fired for unprofessional and overzealous conduct when they were in the convoy of Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike during the parliamentary elections.
The Rivers State government, in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Austin Tam-George, said it was unprofessional for the police to dismiss the officers as they committed no crime.
“This is a tragic day for professionalism and the respect for human rights in the Nigeria police force,” Mr. Tam-George said in the statement.
“The dismissed officers committed no crime, other than foil a carefully orchestrated electoral heist by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in collusion with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Nigeria Police force.
The statement said the allegation that the affected policemen misused their firearms while in the convoy of the governor was “a wrong and cruel fabrication”, adding that the governor did not leave his official residence on that day.
“Two days after the elections, on the 12th of December 2016, thousands of Rivers people, led by Governor Wike, resisted an invasion by the police on the premises of the Port Harcourt City Local Government Council, in a brazen attempt to rig the elections in favour of the APC.
“The Port Harcourt City Council was the Election Collation Centre for the Rivers East Senatorial District.
“Throughout the period of the standoff between the invading police officers and the thousands of citizens who resisted them, Governor Wike and the officers around him conducted themselves with utmost restraint.
“The dismissed officers are therefore the latest victims of the medieval dictatorship of the APC government,” the statement said.