**Says “Rivers Under Siege”
By Ebitonye Akpodigha
Governor Nyesom Wike has cried out to Nigerians, saying Rivers State is under siege. He made this known while addressing newsmen in the wee hours of Saturday, October 8, 2016, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Mr Wike, who arrived at the scene of an alleged attempt to abduct a Federal High Court judge at about 1am on Saturday, lamented about the impunity being carried out by federal security agencies.
“Not under my watch will I allow this kind of impunity to take place,” Mr Wike declared.
It was gathered that some officers of the Department of State Security (DSS) and the Police stormed the number 35/84 B residence, Forces Avenue, Port Harcourt of a judge, claiming they were acting on orders from above.
Reports say the operation was allegedly led by Mr Tosin Ajayi, Rivers State Director of the DSS and the Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr Francis Odesanya.
The security operatives allegedly rough-handled Mr Wike, when he tried to stop the alleged act. It was said that a few of the operatives cocked their rifles and threatened to shoot the Governor.
Mr Odesanya, while addressing journalists, claimed the two security agencies were at the scene because they received privileged information.
He reportedly said he was at the scene as a peace maker.
Mr Wike, during his interview with journalists at the scene of the incident, declared that the actions of the security operatives portends danger to the nation’s democracy, noting that he is convinced that President Buhari is not aware of the level of impunity being perpetrated by Federal Securiy agencies.
Governor Wike stated that whatever the situation, the rule of law must prevail in a democratic setting.
He said if the security agencies had a lawful directive to implement, they must follow due process.
“Not under my watch wiĺl I allow this kind of impunity to take place. That is why we are here. I don’t know which judge they were detailed to abduct. I didn’t bother myself to know which judge. All I am interested in is that, at this level, it is not allowed.
“He is not a criminal and he is not an armed robber. If the person has committed an offence, invite him. It is only when he refuses to honour the invitation that you can adopt this commando style.
“The Commissioner of Police is here, the Director of DSS is here. Their operatives cocked their guns and threatened to shoot me. I have never seen that before. Again, this is to tell you what we are facing. We know that more will come. For us in this state, we shall continue to resist it,” Mr Wike told newsmen.
“It doesn’t matter what it will cost. When you talk about liberty, sacrifices must be made. We are not trying to stop an arrest. All we are saying is that things must be done decently and in line with the rule of law.
“Rivers State is under siege. For you to see a governor out at this time of the day, something is wrong. A siege is an understatement. If this type of thing happens next time, the people wiĺl resist it to the last,” he further said.
The Governor alleged that, “They are trying to do something funny in this state, probably to declare a state of emergency.”