The Governorship Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Magnus Abe has berated the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike over his declaration of 28 supporters of opposition parties in the state wanted.
He argued that Wike lacks the constitutional right to declare anybody wanted.
Abe stated this today while speaking at the police headquarters in Rivers State when he, alongside governorship candidates of APC, Tonye Cole, Africa Democratic Congress, Tonte Ibraye, Accord Party, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs led hundreds of their supporters in Rivers State on a protest to the headquarters of police in Rivers State alleged intimidation by the state government.
Naija News recalls that Wike, on Thursday night had released a list of 28 individuals whom according to him were planning to sabotage the governorship election.
Reacting to Wike’s claims, Abe argued that it is only the police that have the right to declare people wanted.
Abe said: “I want to draw attention to a few salient points, that motivated me to join this effort. Last night the governor of Rivers State made a broadcast. In that broadcast, he named several persons who are to be arrested and ordered the police to declare them wanted, arrest and prosecute them immediately.
“Most of the persons named in that broadcast are simply those who have been campaigning for other political parties. A lot of them are members of SDP including a Nigerian citizen who just flew into this country just to participate in this election. Because he put up billboards and campaigned for SDP his name was included as somebody who should be arrested.
“It is instructive that Rivers people should note that we are in this state. Dynamites have been thrown into the houses of prominent of Rivers’ sons. One of them is the case of the young man who went to throw a bomb into the home of Good Jaja. He was shot there and his GDI and Taskforce ID cards were found and he is known. Up till today, the police have refused to say anything about it. He was allowed to bleed to death. None of his colleagues or accomplices were arrested. Nobody was declared wanted.
“This kind of policing will only breed insecurity. The governor has no constitutional right to declare any citizen wanted.”
This article was originally published on Naija News
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Author: Justina Otio