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People, Govt of Rivers State won't submit to Kangaroo police panel: Govt Wike

By The Rainbow
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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.