By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT— Traditional rulers in Rivers State have expressed concern over the safety of Governor Nyesom Wike, saying the withdrawal of Policemen attached to him by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, last October had exposed him to all forms of danger.
The monarchs, who spoke, yesterday, under the aegis of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, further urged President Muhammadu Buhari to restore the Police details of Governor Wike.
Chairman of the council, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja Jeki V, Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom, who spoke at the 105 quarterly meeting of the council in Port Harcourt, pleading also that the Inspector General of Police, should restate the dismissal of six policemen attached to the governor.
“We call on well-meaning Nigerians, especially our President and Commander-in-Chief, President Buhari, to prevail on the Inspector General of Police to restore our governor’s security details.
“As royal fathers, we do not want to be partisan, but we also want to use this medium to call on the Inspector General of Police to revisit the dismissal of these policemen, who were merely carrying out their legitimate duty of protecting their principal, the governor of Rivers State,” he said.
The royal fathers lauded the governor for his success so far since he came on board.
“We are grateful to Governor Wike and his administration for the even distribution of road projects throughout the three senatorial districts of the state,” he said.
Governor Wike in his address to the monarchs assured that his administration will evenly distribute projects across the state during his tenure, saying: “No local government area will be neglected in this state. Every local government area will have at least two projects.”
“I will complete the Ogoni -Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road to link the riverine communities to the upland. My motivation is to ensure that leaders of Opobo, who misused their opportunity, should drive home by next year,” he said.