Spanners in the works of Gov. Wike’s peace offer as R/S government hunts opposition leaders

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Spanners in the works of Gov. Wike’s peace offer as R/S government hunts opposition leaders.

  • Judicial commission summons Tonye Cole, Prof. Charles Dokubo, Chidi Lloyd, Ojukaye Amachree
  • Invites F-SARS Commander and officers of the Army to explain roles in 2019 elections
  • To prosecute Amaechi’s commissioners for allegedly embezzling N34.5 billion medical funds.

Top security personnel and politicians in Rivers State are expected to appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government to investigate the violence and killings during the just concluded 2019 general elections in the state.

Gov. Wike

Among persons invited by the Judicial Commission are the Commander of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS, ACP Akin Fakorede, the Divisional Police Officer in Bori town, two Majors, two Brigadier Generals, a Colonel and a Captain of the Nigerian Army.

ACP Akin Fakorede
Commander, F-SARS, RS

Other persons invited are the APC governorship aspirant, Tonye Cole, his campaign director, Barr. Chidi Lloyd, the factional APC state chairman, Ojukaye Flag Amachree and the coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo.

These invitations are sequel to an advertorial by the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Monima Danagogo and the Secretary, Paulinus Nsirim which was published in the Rivers State Government owned newspaper, The Tide on April 29, 2019. The invitees were shortlisted according to their local government areas and their areas of responsibilities during the elections. The advertorial said the inaugural sitting of the Commission would hold on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Block C, State High Court Complex by 9am and the various LGAs have been allotted days for appearance.

Architect Tonye Dele Cole

Reacting to this, the Director General of Tonye Cole Governorship Campaign Organization, Barr. Chidi Llyod said that he would not honour the invitation by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry. Dr. Lloyd whose name was mentioned alongside other leaders of the APC to appear before the commission told news reporters that he is yet to receive formal invitation from the commission and he did not make any complaint to the state government neither has the police invited him for questioning on the matter in question. Chidi Lloyd said that:

“as at now, I do not have a formal invitation from the commission and as the last time I checked, I have not made any complaint to the Rivers State Government and I am also aware that none of the members of the commission is from my village where I voted on the two days mentioned therein in the publication. I am therefore at sea as to the intention of the commission. I am therefore unable to present myself to such a commission whose ultimate outcome is already in the public domain”.

Dr. Chidi Lloyd criticized members of the Commission, saying that the Chairman was a principal party during the elections like other members of the PDP faithfuls. He  queried why the name of the state governor, Nyesom Wike was not among those invited, even as the Army report during the election indicted the governor for allegedly invading the Obio/Akpor collation centre.

Barr. Chidi Lloyd

The Director General of Tonye Cole Campaign Organization said that the intention of the commission is to silence opposition political parties which puts a huge question mark to the peace offer extended to other political parties by Governor Wike.

“The intention is to silence the opposition as opposed to the ‘Bitter Leave Branch’ which they said they have extended because I heard that some people say that they are making peace and I said to them that instead of an Olive Branch, the governor has now proved that he merely extended bitter leaf branch to members of the opposition”.

It would be recalled that both Chidi Lloyd and Ojukaye Amachree have been charge by the the Rivers State Government for murder and attempted murder for which the duo have been accused of avoiding arraignment. This could be another trap to get these men once they appear at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry.

Meanwhile Senator Andrew Uchendu who last Monday announced the decision of the Amaechi-led APC to embrace the peace proposal of Gov. Wike, said these actions of the Rivers State Government may constitute a major hurdle in the peace process between Governor Nyesom Wike and the Chibuike Amaechi-led faction of the APC.

The Senator was reacting to the indictment of former Commissioners who served under the Chibuike Amaechi administration for embezzlement of funds and the invitation of top APC leaders to appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate the killings that took place during the last general elections. Senator Uchedu said that he his surprised because the recent development puts in doubt the governors sincerity to extend an olive branch to other political parties in the state, saying that the APC only accepted the peace offer by the governor in the interest of Rivers people and for the development of the state. He however said that his faction of the APC is yet to review and take a position on the new development.

Senator Andrew Uchendu

Also the Spokesperson of the Amaechi-led APC in Rivers State, Mr. Chris Finebone said that his party would not respond immediately to plans by the Rivers State Government to prosecute two former Commissioners in the Amaechi administration for allegedly embezzling N34.5billion syringe factory funds.

The former Commissioners were those of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Samson Parker and the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Chamberlin Peterside. Mr. Finebone said that they would await the publication of the White Paper that the government intends to reply upon to prosecute the former commissioners. Finebone said that:

“I think that it would be too hasty to speak to that issue at this point in time. Until we see any White Paper, it would rather be inauspicious for anyone to start speaking. Be assured that all there is to be said and done about that matter would be said and done adequately at the appropriate time”.

It would be recalled that the Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Zacchaeus Adango, while briefing newsmen after the state executive council meeting last Thursday, said that the two officials were indicted by a Commission of Inquiry that investigated the management of the state government-owned Integrated Medical Industries Limited that was to manufacture Auto Destruct Syringes at Rumuosi, Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State. Also to be prosecuted by the Rivers State Government is the man who managed the construction of the syringe factory, Mr. Amenya Wokoma.

 

 

 

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