By Egufe Yafugborhi
PORT HARCOURT – TWO soldiers, who were allegedly tortured by suspected policemen during the governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Rivers State, have recounted their ordeals.
This came as the Spokesman of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Col Aminu Ilyasu, yesterday confirmed a trending video in which both victims narrated their ordeals.
The victims, Capt Adams Salami and Corporal Adeosun Adebayo, who are in the Intensive Care Unit at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, said they were left with life-threatening injuries after attackers pounced on them at the Obio/Akpor Local Government Secretariat.
Capt Salami said: “At about 2300 hours, we got information that hoodlums were trying to invade the Obio/Akpor Collation Centre. We were asked to provide security in the area, which we did, with policemen posted there. We agreed that there would be limited access to the premises.
“Five minutes later, the governor’s convoy came with about 30 to 40 cars with hoodlums. Some were 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”
On his part, Corporal Adebayo said: “The policemen in the governor’s convoy started 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 rifles.”
Meanwhile, three chieftains of All Progressives Congress, APC, who worked as party agents for the African African Congress, AAC, said Wike abducted them.
They’re clowns —Okah
Reacting to the allegations, Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Emma Okah described those behind the allegations as clowns.
Okah said: “They are clowns. No such thing happened. The APC and their ally AAC failed in the election. They are doing everything possible to divert attention from their failure. Why would anybody abduct them?
“Of what use is their adoption? They should bury their head in shame.”
Meanwhile in another trending video on the Obio/Akpor drama, Wike, was heard saying he was shielding them from being lynched as they were being forced to enter one of the vehicles in his convoy.