Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has issued a damning accusation against the the All Progressive Congress, APC, that APC is inviting wanted criminals to work for them in the state that shortly after he placed a N640 million bounty on 32 suspected cultists and kidnappers in the state for information leading to their arrest, the opposition party in state has reached out to them to start working for the party ahead of 2019 election.
Governor Wike while assuring the people of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) that the State Government will continue to build the security infrastructure in the area to enforce peace vowed that the 32 suspected criminals would be hunted down and pay for killing people.
“I have told them(APC) if they (suspects)work with or they don’t work with you they will die and their death will be a bad death.We don’t politics with people’s”Governor Wike vowed.
APC through its spokesman Chris Finebone has denied Wike’s allegations as lies claiming that Don Wanny worked for the state government before he was hunted down.
However Wike stated that the younger brother of slain cultist, Don Wanny, Mr Oluchi Igwedibia will soon be tracked down alongside other fleeing members of the Don Wanny clan for the greater peace of ONELGA .
Governor Wike spoke on Tuesday during a security meeting at the ONELGA Council Secretariat Pavilion. The governor was accompanied by service commanders.
Governor Wike revealed that Rivers APC leaders have approached the 32 cultists declared wanted, asking them to join their political platform ahead of the electioneering period.
He stated that his administration will not be deterred by the political antics of Rivers APC, saying that the deadly cultists will be traced and brought to justice.
“Nobody should play politics with security of lives. Since we declared these cultists wanted, they have approached them to work with them. Whether or not they work with APC, they will meet their Waterloo”, he said.
He urged the people of ONELGA to work with the Rivers State Government to ensure that the area remains peaceful, so that the people can recover from the devastation of the past.
The governor said everyone must work together to build the peace of ONELGA to avoid a repeat of the New Year tragedy.
He said: “I am here today to further express my condolences to the families that lost loved ones and also express my sympathy to the injured. Like I said before, the Rivers State Government will foot the hospital bills of the injured and support support the families of the deceased “.
The governor particularly announced that the State Government will take up the training of a one-year girl, Purity Anthony orphaned by the Don Wanny attack. He stated that the State Government will set aside N50million for her education .
Governor Wike said the manner that Don Wanny met his untimely end, indicates that nobody will escape the long arm of the law, irrespective of the the charms they possess.
While thanking the local vigilante group, OSPAC, for their contributions to the restoration of peace and the dis-logdement of Donny Wanny, he warned them against following the criminal route, as they will suffer the Don Wanny fate.
He said that Don Wanny reign of terror lasted throughout the leadership of Amaechi, pointing out that he was eliminated as a result of the commitment of his administration.
Commenting on the politicisation of Rivers Security by the Minister of Transportation, the governor regretted that the Minister has devoted his days at the Federal Executive Council to creating crisis in the state.
He listed several projects that he attracted to the state as a Minister of State for Education and wondered why the Minister of Transportation has failed alongside his godson, the Director General of NIMASA.
He informed ONELGA people that he has reached agreements with Agip and Total on their corporate social responsibility to the host communities. He said that the State Service Commanders and the Secretary to the Rivers State Government met with Agip and Total on Tuesday to finalise the process for the implementation of agreements reached.
Governor Wike announced that all projects started in ONELGA will be completed and more projects will be initiated for the people.
Earlier, Chairman of ONELGA, Mr Osi Olisa said that the people of the area will continue to work with the Rivers State Governor to entrench peace in the area.
He said that ONELGA remains loyal to the Rivers State Governor beyond 2019 because of his achievements.