It was reported yesterday that the Rivers State governor, Mr. Nyemson Wike escaped assassination attempt only to discover later that it was a story of your words against mine. While Dike claimed he narrowly escaped being assassinated, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi who is the current Minister for Transportation said the security men attached to Wike almost shot him in the presence of the governor.
The rivalry of the two gladiators have extended to the security men attached to each of them as they clashed to the extent that Sergeant Eten Ewelu was beaten to a stupor with blood on his face, while the AK-47 rifle of Sergeant Princewill Ubaji was snatched when he was forcibly disarmed by the security convoy of governor Wike
The sad event was lodged at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) of the Rivers State Police Command led by Zaki Ahmed. As at the time of filing the report, the rifle seized had not been recovered.
The area was tension soaked as there was confusion, many motorists, passers-by scampered for safety to avoid being hit by stray bullets.
The security source said: â€œToday, November 11, 2017 (yesterday) at 3 p.m., the Transportation Minister, who was driving from the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, in company with police escorts, got his convoy intercepted by the Rivers governor (Wike) at Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout by Nkpogu in Port Harcourt. The security details managed to ferry Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to safety, after which the Rivers governor led his Chief Security Officer (CSO), Promise Wosu, a Superintendent of Police (SP), and about ten mobile policemen, to attack his predecessor/benefactorâ€™s convoy.
â€œThe Rivers governor and his troops physically assaulted by slapping and bruising the policemen, especially Inspector Johnson Imonikhe, Sgt. Eteng Ewelu and Sgt. Princewill Ubaji, attached to the transportation minister and the governor made away with the AK-47 rifle of Sgt. Princewill Ubaji, one of the policemen attached to the transportation minister.
â€œThe AK-47 rifle was forcibly taken away personally by Governor Wike, who was accompanied by his CSO. The policeman with blood on his face, Sgt. Eteng Ewelu, was hit with an iron by Wosu (Wikeâ€™s CSO), in the presence of the Rivers State governor.
â€œThe snatched AK-47 rifle is still in the custody of the Rivers governorâ€™s team and the incident has been referred to State CID (SCID) for investigation.â€
The statement added, â€œOne of the two cars had security men assigned to protect the minister in Port Harcourt. Suddenly, gun-toting security men attached to Wikeâ€™s convoy surrounded the Ministerâ€™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.â€
The spokesman for the governor; Nwakaudu in a statement said: â€œRivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, on Saturday escaped assassination, as Special Anti-Robbery Squad operatives and soldiers of the Nigerian Army in the motorcade of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, attacked his convoy.
â€œThe governor, who was on project inspection, was attacked at Nwanja Junction on Trans-Amadi Road. The SARs personnel and soldiers in the ministerâ€™s convoy hit down the governorâ€™s escort rider and attacked the policemen in the pilot car. Mr Debewari, Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the minister of transportation, supervised the attack, which included damage of cameras held by journalists.
He added that after the attack the governor continued with his inspection of projects, adding that Wike was not harmed.
When two elephants fight, the grass and trees suffer. Nyemson Wike was once a surbordinate to Rotimi Amaechi when he was the governor of Rivers State before they went their separate ways.
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