Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police (SARS) of being behind the series of kidnappings and armed robbery incidents in the state.
The governor made the allegation when he who spoke with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Wednesday. He alleged that the SARS Commander, Akin Fakorede was planted in the state to sabotage the security and create an atmosphere of fear.
Mr. Wike said the criminal activities of Fakorede were uncovered by the Inspector General of Police X Squad, Abuja, deployed in the state after the team foiled the attempted kidnap of one Azumana Ifeanyi on September 11, 2017 in GRA, Port Harcourt.
The governor said: “Most of the kidnappings and armed robbery taking place in this state are done by men of SARS. They use exhibit vehicles to operate. As the Chief Security Officer of the state, you complain, but they choose to play politics with crime.
“They fight crime in some state, but they refuse to fight crime in Rivers State. We are done with the elections, but they are using SARS to create insecurity in the state. As I speak with you, they will deny.
“But the SARS operative, who was killed, was amongst those who raided the Rivers East Senatorial District Collation Centre. This man can be identified in the video as one of those who invaded the collation centre with Fakorede.”
According to Wike, the deliberate acts of violence being perpetrated by the police are part of a plan to rig the 2019 election.
He added, “I have never seen a country where they politicise crime. It is very obvious that they want to give the impression that Rivers State is unsafe. They want to instil fear preparatory to declaring during the elections that there are so much killings.
“Authorities deliberately trying to destroy a whole state and you want the people to be happy. I will no longer write (to the IGP). Now is the time to take my case to the public for the whole world to know what is happening.”