People, Govt of Rivers State won't submit to Kangaroo police panel: Govt Wike
Rivers State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, has said that the government and people of the state will have nothing to do with the Police probe panel.
Wike, speaking at the victory thanksgiving mass of the PDP at Our Lady Chaplaincy of the Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port Harcourt on Sunday, said the Police cannot kill Rivers people in cold blood and turn around to investigate them.
The probe, which he described as phoney, has a predetermined goal – to indict PDP members and commence their politically motivated prosecution.
According to the governor, “We are not a party to their so-called panel. We have passed that stage and we cannot fall into the trap of a panel of inquiry. After killing our people, you want us to assist you unravel what? It is the police that killed our people.”
Wike queried the motive of the Police in wanting to investigate issues surrounding the Rivers rerun elections, when it was one of the interested parties involved in the attempt to subvert the will of the people.
He wondered whether it was the Police High Command that refused to prosecute the All Progressives Congress chieftains caught on camera printing fake result sheets ahead of the elections.
He added that petitions to the Police High Command on the negative activities of ACP Steven Hasso and the Commander of Special Anti-Robbery Squad, an APC chieftain, were disregarded.
He noted that even when Akin Fakorede, was recorded on video beating up electoral officers at the Rivers East Senatorial district collation centre, the police swept it under the carpet. “If it was a country that believed in its image, so many people would have lost their jobs.
They cannot ask themselves why 28,000 policemen, yet to be ascertained number of soldiers, Police dogs and horses, gunboats and helicopters could not police ordinary legislative elections.
“It is because the police were the ones committing the fraud, violence and election materials snatching. We are accusing the police of mass murder and they turn around to set up a panel of inquiry. “After killing our people, you fraudulently set a panel of inquiry. Up till now, they don't know that we are far ahead. This panel is a mere booby trap to indict PDP members. If they cared about lives, they wouldn't do what they did,” he added.