There was a showdown in Port Harcourt on Thursday afternoon when Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike’s convoy clashed with that of the former governor of the state and now Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, with each camp accusing the other of trying to murder him.
Wike’s convoy, Amaechi’s clash in Port Harcourt Drama however began, according to Amaechi, when security personnel attached to Wike intercepted the Minister’s convoy, beat up a policeman attached to him and shot at the minister with the aim to kill him while the Rivers governor allegedly watched.
Policeman in Amaechi’ convoy allegedly beaten up by Wike’s escort In a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday evening, Amaechi, through his media office, claimed his convoy was intercepted by Wike’s security personnel at Trans-Amadi road, Nwaja axis in Port Harcourt and shot at his his Jeep, shattering the mirrors.
Amaechi also said in the statement that, seeing he maintained his calm, Wike’s security attache further dragged out the policeman attached to him (Amaechi’) and beat him up while Wike moved round each car in his (Amaechi’s) convoy abusing him and his entourage.
Policeman in Amaechi’ convoy allegedly beaten up by Wike’s escort The policeman beaten up by Wike’s escort was identified as SGT. Eteng EWELU.
The transport minister also said that Wike’s escort who beat up the policeman was led by Wike’s Chief Security Officer, CSO, SP PROMISE WOSU.
The statement reads thus: “In a blatant show of naked raw power, Minister of Transportation, Rt.. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, thursday afternoon narrowly escaped being shot by security men attached to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike. His car wasn’t that lucky though.
The car was vandalized with a broken side mirror.The incident occurred in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, along Trans-Amadi road, Nwaja axis when the Minister had arrived Port Harcourt this afternoon. Accompanied by cars of many of his supporters, the Minister’s black jeep was intercepted and blocked at the junction by the security Motorcycle Outrider attached to Wike after two cars had passed through.
One of the two cars had security men assigned to protect the minister in Port Harcourt. Suddenly, gun-totting security men attached to Wike’s convoy, surrounded the Minister’s car, threatening to shoot him. They hit the car, tried to smash the windscreens, back and side windows and broke a side mirror.
All through this attack, Amaechi remained calm, inside the fortified Jeep. While the attacked occurred, Wike remained inside his vehicle. The Minister eventually passed through after the intervention of the security team on ground to protect him in Port Harcourt. However, when Governor Wike got to the point where the incident occurred after Amaechi’s vehicle had gone by, his security men blocked the road again, dragged out from a vehicle and thoroughly beat up a police man attached to protect Amaechi in Port Harcourt.
The Policeman’s riffle was also taken from him. Wike came out of his car, and with his security team was going from one vehicle to another, of Amaechi supporters, charging at them, harassing and abusing them. Wike’s security men were heard loudly insulting Amaechi and called him all sorts of derogative names.
This is a crass show of high handedness, arbitrary behaviour and abuse of public office by a State governor who has no care for the safety of Rivers people.”
However, Governor Wike denied attacking the minister but instead accused Amaechi of attempting to assassinate him. Governor Wike alleged that officers of the police special anti robbery squad attached to Mr. Amaechi’s convoy attacked his own convoy. A statement by his spokesperson, Simeon Nwakaudu, said Governor Wike was on project inspection when he was attacked by Amaechi’s men at Nwanja Junction on Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt.
“The SARs Personnel and Soldiers in the Minister’s convoy hit down the Governor’s Escort Rider and attacked the policemen in the pilot car,” the statement said. “Also part of the attack, was the Commander of Rivers SARS, Mr Akin Fakorede who received the Minister of Transportation at the Port Harcourt L Airport and accompanied on his trip.” “The Minister of Transportation had over 50 SARS Personnel, Soldiers and Mobile Policemen in his motorcade.”