“APC Arming Thugs To Disrupt Rivers LG Elections” — Wike
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has alleged that intelligence at the state government’s disposal indicates that a faction of the All Progressives Congress in the state is arming political thugs to disrupt the June 16, 2018 exercise.
Wike, who spoke during a state broadcast on Thursday, ahead of this Saturday’s local government elections in the state explained that the APC faction planned to disrupt the elections in Abua/Odual, Akuku Toru, Asari Toru, Degema, Emohua, Ikwerre, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Opobo and Tai local government areas.
The governor named three chieftains of the main opposition party in the state as those behind the alleged recruitment and arming of political thugs to be deployed in the aforementioned areas to create an atmosphere of insecurity. The governor said,
“The arrowheads of this satanic plot, the state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree; a former Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Emmanuel Chinda; and current Nigeria’s Ambassador to Netherlands, Ambassador Orji N. Ngofa, are recruiting and arming political thugs with guns to be deployed on the eve of the election to create an atmosphere of insecurity in these and other local government areas and scare voters to shun the polling stations.
“In the light of the these dangerous threats from Ojukaye and co-travellers, therefore, I wish to call on the security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police to live up to their primary responsibility of providing adequate security for the election and deal decisively with those who may attempt to disturb the peace, order and security of the state before, during and after the election.”
“Community leaders and members of the public should be on the watch-out and report suspicious characters and movements in their localities and neighbourhoods to the law enforcement agencies for immediate action.
“Also, the security agencies have definite instructions to strictly enforce the restrictions on human and vehicular movement on Election Day and arrest any person or group of persons that violate this order.
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