– The APC claims the list of most wanted cult leaders recently released by Wike are some of his hitmen who have fallen out of favour with him
– The Don Wani, a suspected cult leader killed for his alleged role in the murder of residents on New Year day, is a close associate of the governor
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has alleged that Governor Nyesom Wike lied in his broadcast to the people following recent attacks and killings that forced the government to announce names of some wanted cult leaders.
In a statement signed by Chief Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, its state chairman, the APC claimed that some of the cult leaders now declared wanted were former hitmen of the governor who have now fallen out with him.
The statement further alleged that the other suspected cult leaders in the list are those opposed to the governor’s hitmen currently.
The opposition party in the state however said some of the alleged lies in the governor’s speech could be ignored till the security issues in the state are resolved.
“While some of the lies may be ignored at the moment and dealt with at a later date, however, it is manifestly important to immediately prevent unsuspecting members of the public, critical stakeholders and particularly security agencies from being hoodwinked by a frivolous list of supposed cultists and kidnappers contained in the governor’s broadcast.
“The truth has come out. Governor Wike merely compiled names of cult groups opposed to his own gang of killers, names of his hit-men known to have fallen out with him, then some APC members and is asking for their arrests.
“Since the broadcast by Governor Wike, many are still asking a plethora of questions. Why did the governor know those persons as criminals as he claimed and never did anything since he came into office over 2 years ago?
“Why did he not make the names of those individuals available to security agents for arrest, investigation and prosecution? Why were those names kept until Don Wani was killed before he made them public in less than 48 hours after?
“Were those names given to him by security agencies? Indeed, how were those names generated; where they generated in Government House Port Harcourt or by the police?” The statement queried.
The APC further alleged: “The bravest attempts to answer the aforementioned questions simply confirm the fact that Governor Wike merely want to muddle up investigations by security agents following the killing of his associate, Don Wani.
“The governor very well knows that if Don Wani and his boys could be tracked and killed in faraway Enugu, then information from his mobile call logs, text messages, bank accounts, etc will likely reveal a lot which may incriminate him or his party leaders who freely played host to and/or appeared in photographs with Don Wani at various times in the past.
“The APC calls on Rivers people, Nigerians and security agencies to look beyond the names made up of either opponents or his boys that have fallen out with him.
“Security agents should rely on names independently generated by the various security services over time and clamp down on them accordingly.
“Again we ask: if Governor Wike had names of criminals since he became governor over two years ago, why did he have to wait until Don Wani met his waterloo before he made such names public?”
At the time of this report, the Rivers state government was yet to react to this latest allegation.