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We’re dragging GOC 6 Division to ICC — Wike

Rivers State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike has said  that the state government had written to the International Criminal  Court to prosecute the General Officer Commanding,  GOC, 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarhem for crimes against humanity.

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Wike said instead of running in circles, the GOC should explain to Nigerians the reasons why the 6 Division stormed Collation Centres  in Ikwerre,  Emohua and Okrika Local Government Areas  of the state with Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Electoral Officers,  accusing him of stealing electoral materials  and concocting results.

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The governor  stated that the GOC 6 Division  has the blood of Rivers people on his hands, stating that issuing false statements  will not save the GOC from prosecution.

Speaking during a media briefing in response  to the allegations  by the 6 Division  that he tried to compromise  soldiers of the 6 Division, Governor  Wike described the allegation as false,  malicious and  diversionary .

He said: “We are doing a petition to the International Criminal Court.  We are demanding  justice for all those killed in the election by the army.

“We will also send a petition to all the major embassies in the country on the atrocities committed  against  Rivers people by the GOC and his soldiers.  We have also sent a petition to the Chief of Army Staff  on the criminal  actions of the GOC.”

Wike said  he had credible intelligence  that the GOC had concluded plans to open fire on his convoy, with the objective of causing a deadly shoot-out.

“Nigerians watched in utter dismay as three Local Government  Electoral Officers of INEC indicted soldiers of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army for orchestrating electoral violence, snatching election materials and criminally  colluding with All Progressives Congress, APC, leaders to concoct results during  the Presidential and National Assembly elections.  Rather than respond to these allegations, the GOC  is making  diversionary allegations.

“These weighty indictments of the officers and men of the 6 Division  of the Nigerian Army by the INEC Officials confirm earlier intelligence that the GOC of the 6 Division is neck deep  in the crisis in  Rivers  and manipulation  of the elections. Mrs Mary Imawuya, INEC  Electoral Officer of Ikwerre LGA, INEC  Electoral Officer for Emohua LGA,  Kenneth Etah and INEC Electoral Officer of Okrika LGA,  Mr Leo Okon who addressed the Rivers East Senatorial District Collation Centre at Elekahia were unequivocal  in their indictments  of the soldiers and their criminal activities during the elections.

“The major problem  they should defend is the INEC Officers who declared that the soldiers of the Nigerian Army abducted them, carted away materials and concocted results.”

Governor Wike denied ever making an attempt to compromise the electoral process .

He denied ever offering money to the soldiers to act illegally.

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He noted that when the soldiers arrested  the Rivers State Commissioner of Urban Development and Physical Planning,  Dr Reason Onya for being among the approved PDP agents to escort materials,  the commissioner called him.

He noted that he requested to speak with the Officer  to demand the release of Onya who was on legal electoral function for the PDP.

He said the officer  who declined  talking called back later and he informed him that Onya was on a legal assignment.

He noted that no bribe was offered.

Wike said in his capacity  as governor,  he spoke with about 10 different officers when PDP official agents raised concerns.

The governor said that the mischievous press briefing by the 6 Division  was tantamount  to a coup against a constituted authority.

“The Army cannot be a judge in their matter. You cannot parade officials on legal Electoral duties. You cannot change the narrative.  They have violated  all known laws.”

 

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