March 18, 2019

Rivers election violence: How Wike’s police details brutalised us -Wounded soldiers

This is one of the soldiers on duty in Omagwa, Port Harcourt last Saturday. Their detachment were attacked by alleged fake SARS men. This soldier is awaiting a surgery. (inset)security van pelted with bullets

* Wike kidnapped us at Obia Akpor Collation Center -AAC Agents

* None of these happened, they are all clowns -Emma Okah

* I am saving you, Wike tells victims in trending video

By Egufe Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT – TWO soldiers, still battling to save their lives following bitter torture by suspected policemen during March 9 governorship and state assembly elections in Rivers state, have recounted their ordeal.

This is one of the soldiers on duty in Omagwa, Port Harcourt last Saturday. Their detachment were attacked by alleged fake SARS men. This soldier is awaiting a surgery. (inset)security van pelted with bullets

Spokesman for 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Col Aminu Ilyasu, yesterday confirmed the trending video in which both victims narrated their ordeal and affirmed that information got to the Army that its personnel were so attacked.

Capt Adams Salami who spoke under intensive care at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital and Corporal Adeosun Adebayo who relived his experience at the Military Hospital, Port Harcourt, were left with life threatening injuries after attackers pounced on them at the Obio/Akpor Local Government Secretariat venue for yet controversial collation of votes from the locality.

Capt Salami narrated that, “At about 2300 hours, we got information that hoodlums were trying to invade the Obio/Akpor Collation Centre. So, we were asked to provide security in that area, which we did in liaison with policemen posted there. We agreed that there would be limited access into the premises.

“Five minutes later, to my surprise, the governor’s (Nyesom Wike) convoy came in with about 30 to 40 cars with hoodlums, thugs; some in police uniforms, shooting sporadically within the premises. As usual, we decided to step back. I was pleading with them as a soldier to resolve this amicably”

Corporal Adebayo added that, “The crowd was too much, so we had to reduce the it. It was then the policemen in the governor’s convoy started mobbing, hitting us with their weapons. I could not figure out the reason because nobody asked anybody any question. The policemen were hitting us with the nozzle of their riffles.”

Wike abducted us, AAC Agents allege

Meanwhile three chieftains of All Progressives Congress, APC, who featured as Party Agents for the African African Congress, AAC, in March 9 governorship and assembly elections in Rivers also accused Governor Wike of abducting them at same Obio/Akpor Collation Center, same day the soldiers were brutalised.

The accusers, Chikodi Dike, Alex Wele and Lawrence Chukwu, all party agents to AAC, said they were abducted by thugs at alleged prompting of Governor Wike when he moved into the Collation Center on the election day and were moved out on the governor’s convoy before being released at Rumuola Road in the wee hours of the Sunday following the elections.

“We affiem Wike abducted us because all that happened to us happened because the Governor came in. When I was abducted, he took me in his car and my colleagues were in another car in the convoy before he released us in Rumuola”, said Dr. Chuku.

They are all clowns -Rivers Info Commissioner

Reacting to the allegations, Rivers Commissioner for Information and Communications, Emma Okah described those raising the allegations over what transpired in Obio/Akpor as “clowns”.

Okah said, “They are clowns. No such thing happened. The APC and their ally AAC failed the election. They are doing everything possible to divert attention from their shameful failure. Why would anybody abduct them?

“Of what use is their adoption? To gain what? They should bury their head in shame that they were moving with soldiers to thwart the wishes of their people.”

Meanwhile in another trending video on the Obio/Akpor March 9 drama, Wike, in seeming protective cover for the accusers was heard saying he was shielding them from being lynched as they were being shoven into vehicles in the governor’s convoy.