Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has accused Nigeria’s transport minister Rotimi Amaechi of being the brain behind the pro-SARS protest in the state. Governor Wike revealed that confidential intelligence reports support this belief.
“Intelligence report shows clearly that the Rotimi Amaechi-led faction of the All Progressives Congress based in Abuja is capitalizing on the opportunity created by the ongoing “EndSARS” protest to destabilize the prevailing peace and progress in the State,” Wike said in a post on Facebook.
Wike said one of the “beneficiaries of these kind gestures, Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree is the one that led hired thugs and miscreants from neighboring States into Port Harcourt to cause mayhem and destruction under the guise of supporting “PRO-SARS” protests, against the overwhelming mood of the nation and the clear directive of Mr. President on ending the SARS menace for good.”
He further said the Amaechi, a former governorof the state, was sponsoring the protest “for political goals.” Protests brokeout in Nigeria about two weeks ago to demand an end to the activities of thenotorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian police.
The unit was accused of crimes such as extrajudicial killings, kidnapping, extortion, and intimidation. Already the protest has turned ugly in Lagos state, Nigeria’s commercial capital with the reported killing of an unspecified number of protesters by the Nigerian military yesternight.
Although police authorities and President Buharisaid that a reform of the police would begin in earnest, protesters saidsimilar promises made in the past were empty chatter.
The unit has since been scrapped and a new Special Weapons and Tactics unit established to replace. The government also ordered that all states should establish a Panel of Inquiry to investigate the activities of SARS.
Wike said he would be inaugurating the state panel within the next 48 hours even though such a panel which was inaugurated years ago but its recommendations were ignored.
“We submitted the findings and recommendationsof the Judicial Panel of Inquiry to the relevant Federal Authorities, includingthe Police High Command, but nothing was done,” Wike said.