‘How I escaped assassination attempt’ – Wike

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‘How I escaped assassination attempt’ – Wike
Governor Nyesom Wike

The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has been narrating how he allegedly escaped from being assassinated in Port Harcourt, the state capital, on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

Governor Wike who spoke to journalists after a meeting with officials of the British High Commission who visited him at the government house in Port Harcourt, said he was trailed by soldiers from 6 Division Nigerian Army, while on his way to see some people

“Yesterday, I was shocked when I left here to go and see some political leaders, soldiers were following me. Anybody who knows me would know that I have never gone out with any soldier but the soldiers were following me.

“So, along Abacha Road, I diverted to Louis Street, and to my greatest surprise, my security men were shouting, ‘What is going on, what is going on, soldiers are behind us?’”

Governor Wike warned that such action is capable of jeopardizing the nation’s quest for foreign investment. “Rivers State is so important to this country.

The governor called on the army to refrain from being overzealous in the run up to the general elections, urging them not to be partisan and allow Nigerians to support whoever they want to support.

The visiting British envoys said they were in the state to observe the elections.

Governor Nyesom Wike claim that soldiers from the 6 Division attempted to assassinate him
Governor Nyesom Wike claim that soldiers from the 6 Division attempted to assassinate him

Wike’s Assassination Claim Is Cheap Blackmail, Says Army

The Nigerian Army, has dismissed the claim by the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, that soldiers from the 6 Division attempted to assassinate him on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

In a statement, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Aminu Iliyasu described the allegation by Governor Wike as “lies and cheap blackmail against the 6 Division, Nigerian Army”.

“It is clear that the political atmosphere in our country has reached its crescendo with political actors outwitting each other. However, most worrisome is the activities of some politicians who find pleasure in maligning the NA (Nigerian Army),” Col. Iliyasu stated.

While insisting that the Army has demonstrated its apolitical posture and professional responsibility in line with the directive of the Chief of Army Staff, he warned those he described as mischief makers to steer clear of the Nigerian Army.

He added that intelligence report revealed that a series of negative campaign against the Division and its leadership was being perfected.

He asked the electorate to avoid actions that could create chaos during and after the elections, urging the public covered by the 6 Division to report suspicious actions or movement to the following numbers: 09027771482 07055554967 09069799721 08180690553.

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