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‘Wike Tried To Bribe Soldiers’ …GOC’ll Face ICC – Gov

The 6 Division of the Nigerian Army has alleged that Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, made financial inducements to security agencies to compromise the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections and in his favour.

Army said, following a tip off at about 8.45am on Saturday 23rd February, that Governor Wike was planning to compromise troops deployed at the CBN Port Harcourt where electoral materials were kept some officials of the government were promptly arrested.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the sum of two million, two hundred and fifty thousand naira (N2,250,000) was in a car belonging to one of the officers, a DSP, and other items such as electoral Tags, customized Rivers State Government House brown envelop and another sum of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) were discovered.

“Same day at about 7.00am, a member of Rivers sate House of Assembly, Hon. Okpokiri Wanaka in company of Dr. Reason Onyia Williams, Rivers State Commissioner for Urban Development visited troops Camp at Akinima and requested to be acquainted with the Commander of the troops at the location.

Opokiri offered the officer some money but the officer not only rejected the offer but sent the duo away”, the army alleged.

The Army further alleged that at a check point at Mbiama Bridge, a white Hilux vehicle with Rivers State Government Reg No. L02-03RV Rivers and 8 occupants was stopped for routine search and clearance and in the process one carton and 2 bundles of INEC 2019 Presidential election ballot papers were discovered in the vehicle.

“In the course of interrogating the occupants of the vehicle, Hon. Opokiri Wanaka and Reason Onyia appeared at the spot and tried to convince the troops that the vehicle was part of INEC convoy that was left behind, appealing that it should be allowed to go because the electorate were waiting.

“When the vigilant officer refused to be convinced, Onyia immediately placed a call to Governor Wike and His Excellency requested to speak with the officer but he declined and requested the governor to call the GOC. After much resistance, the officer gave Onyia his number to pass to Governor Wike which he did via Whatsapp message. Within 10 minutes Governor Wike placed a call”.

Reacting, Governor Wike described the allegations as tissues of lies made to divert attention from the alleged horrendous killings of innocent Rivers people by the army during the elections.

Speaking during a media briefing, Governor Wike said the General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Major General Jamil Sarhem had the blood of Rivers people on his hands, stating that issuing false statements would not save him from prosecution.

The Governor said he had written to the International Criminal Court pressing for the prosecution of the GOC for crimes allegedly committed against-humanity.

He asked General Sarhem to explain to Nigerians why soldiers stormed Collation centers in Ikwerre, Emohua and Okrika local government areas and INEC Electoral Officers accusing the soldiers of snatching electoral materials and concocting results.

Governor Wike also alleged that he had credible intelligence that the GOC had concluded plans to open fire on his convoy, with the objective of causing a deadly shoot out.

The governor said what the army should defend was the INEC officers who declared that soldiers of the Nigerian Army abducted them, carted away materials and concocted results.

The 6 Division of the Nigerian Army has alleged that Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, made financial inducements to security agencies to compromise the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections and in his favour.

Army said, following a tip off at about 8.45am on Saturday 23rd February, that Governor Wike was planning to compromise troops deployed at the CBN Port Harcourt where electoral materials were kept some officials of the government were promptly arrested.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the sum of two million, two hundred and fifty thousand naira (N2,250,000) was in a car belonging to one of the officers, a DSP, and other items such as electoral Tags, customized Rivers State Government House brown envelop and another sum of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) were discovered.

“Same day at about 7.00am, a member of Rivers sate House of Assembly, Hon. Okpokiri Wanaka in company of Dr. Reason Onyia Williams, Rivers State Commissioner for Urban Development visited troops Camp at Akinima and requested to be acquainted with the Commander of the troops at the location.

Opokiri offered the officer some money but the officer not only rejected the offer but sent the duo away”, the army alleged.

The Army further alleged that at a check point at Mbiama Bridge, a white Hilux vehicle with Rivers State Government Reg No. L02-03RV Rivers and 8 occupants was stopped for routine search and clearance and in the process one carton and 2 bundles of INEC 2019 Presidential election ballot papers were discovered in the vehicle.

“In the course of interrogating the occupants of the vehicle, Hon. Opokiri Wanaka and Reason Onyia appeared at the spot and tried to convince the troops that the vehicle was part of INEC convoy that was left behind, appealing that it should be allowed to go because the electorate were waiting.

“When the vigilant officer refused to be convinced, Onyia immediately placed a call to Governor Wike and His Excellency requested to speak with the officer but he declined and requested the governor to call the GOC. After much resistance, the officer gave Onyia his number to pass to Governor Wike which he did via Whatsapp message. Within 10 minutes Governor Wike placed a call”.

Reacting, Governor Wike described the allegations as tissues of lies made to divert attention from the alleged horrendous killings of innocent Rivers people by the army during the elections.

Speaking during a media briefing, Governor Wike said the General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Major General Jamil Sarhem had the blood of Rivers people on his hands, stating that issuing false statements would not save him from prosecution.

The Governor said he had written to the International Criminal Court pressing for the prosecution of the GOC for crimes allegedly committed against-humanity.

He asked General Sarhem to explain to Nigerians why soldiers stormed Collation centers in Ikwerre, Emohua and Okrika local government areas and INEC Electoral Officers accusing the soldiers of snatching electoral materials and concocting results.

Governor Wike also alleged that he had credible intelligence that the GOC had concluded plans to open fire on his convoy, with the objective of causing a deadly shoot out.

The governor said what the army should defend was the INEC officers who declared that soldiers of the Nigerian Army abducted them, carted away materials and concocted results.

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