Rivers State governor and chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship campaign, Nyesom Wike, has revealed what the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu told him a night to the just concluded Edo State governorship election.
According to Wike, the IGP reached him on the telephone hours to the commencement of the Edo governorship election held in the last week and ordered him to vacate the state immediately.
He revealed this on Friday, September 25 during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme, Teller Africa understands.
According to Wike, he questioned Adamu on why he was asked exit the state while Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje and his Imo State counterpart, Hope Uzodinma remains, of which the IGP gave no response. Recall that the two mentioned governors are members of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The Rivers State governor disclosed further during the interview that the IGP was crossed with him because he challenged the illegal deduction of the Rivers State financial allocation for the police fund.
He said, “The IG never saw me outside. I was inside my room and I got a call from the IG that I must leave Edo State. What surprised me was why should I leave Edo State? I am the chairman of the campaign council and the chairman does not mean that after the campaign, you leave. No, you must monitor what is going on so that at the end of the day, you would be able to write your report.”
“I discovered that the IG’s own had nothing to do with the election because I remembered that some time ago my commissioner returned to me from a FAAC meeting and said there were deductions made to the Police Trust Fund.
“I asked who approved it because the police are under the exclusive list and not the concurrent list. I told my attorney-general to challenge it. This angered the IG.”
Wike further alleged that the IGP was upset with him for obstructing the arrest of a former acting Managing Director of the Niger Dela Development Commission, Joi Nunieh. According to him, he never regretted his action because the police were wrong to have attempted to arrest her on the same day she was supposed to give evidence at the National Assembly.
“When our sister, Joi Nunieh, was to be abducted, IG was not happy about my intervention. He called me and I asked him how could you allow a woman to be taken away at 4 am knowing the security situation in the country today. Why didn’t you invite her?” Wike asked.