Police Posting to Rivers: Civil Society Groups Condemn Wike’s Utterances

coalition of civil society non – governmental organizations in Rivers
State have condemned in totality Gov Wike’s utterances on the Nigeria
police force, describing it as meddlesomeness and an intrusion into
the official freedom and the power of the Inspector General of Police
to determine and decide which police officer to be given
responsibility and where such an officer should be sent to perform his
or her duties

Speaking to news men in Port Harcourt, the coordinator of coalition of
civil society organizations in Rivers State and second Vice president
of the Rivers Pathfinders, Comrade Gregory Iyala Georgewill described
Wike’s outburst against the police high command at a PDP Rivers East
senatorial rally held at Okehi, Etche LGA Head quarters on Thursday
21st day of July, 2016, as “not only provocative, but also amounts to
recklessness”.

The coalition advised Gov Wike to “stop the politics of blackmail and
brigandage as the people of Rivers State have become wiser not to
tolerate his acts of hooliganism which have become stock in trade of
Gov Wike”, Georgewill stressed.

Also collaborating the popular opinion of Rivers people on the
recklessness of Gov Wike in his attitude in public comments in the
past one year, the coordinator of another civil society group,
Alliance for Transparency and Good Governance, Hon. Erasmus Obele
Nwankpa, said that ” Gov Wike can fool some of the people some of the
time, but not all the people all the time. Our people are fed up with
the practice of blackmailing people to get his way. We can no longer
tolerate this and it is important that Wike is told in clear terms
that his antics has failed him and can not work again”, Nwankpa
emphasize.

Also speaking, the public relation officer of Vanguard for Justice,
Equity and Strategy, another civil society non – governmental
organization, Barr. Jerome Alali Green, described Gov Wike’s approach
and attitude as “crude and uncivilized “, arguing that, ” it is only
in Rivers State that a character of the type of Wike can be seen and
heard as this will not be acceptable in any other part of the world “.

“Why should Gov Wike think in his wildest imagination that he can hold
everybody in Rivers State to ransom? What quality does Gov Wike
possess that makes him think that he has the magnitude of the latitude
that he arrogates to himself to speak to Rivers people or take
decision on their behalf in such an uncultured manner”, Barr. Green
queries.

The Coalition was unanimous in their opinions that in Gov Wike, Rivers
people had made an unforgivable and unforgettable mistake in not
understanding the ripple effect of a character of the type of Gov
Wike, warning that “it will no longer be business as usual and never
again should Rivers people tolerate Gov Wike’s style of psychological
warfare and intimidation game”.

There is no doubt whatsoever, the coalition continued, ” that the
power and prerogative to hire and post police officers in Nigeria is
the exclusive responsibility of the Nigeria police force under the
able leadership of the Inspector General of Police, who currently is
Mohamed Idris, in whom Nigerians and, indeed, the good people of
Rivers State have confidence in his capacity and capability to take
the right decision in the overall interest of the citizens and
residents in Rivers State, irrespective of whether or not those so
chosen are the choice of Gov Wike. Gov Wike have become unbearably
notorious in challenging the federal government of Nigeria and her
agencies, before now, it was INEC and judiciary, today it is the
Nigeria police, tomorrow may be the turn of the armed forces”, the
coalition insisted.

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