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Semenitari outraged as Rivers agents “invade” her home

19 June 2015, 08:10Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Former Rivers State Spokesperson, Ibim Semenitari, has slammed Governor Nyesom Wike after state agents conducted a search in her home in Port Harcourt.

It is alleged over ten policemen armed with machine guns and in two trucks on Thursday “invaded” her home in search of vehicles she allegedly took home after the lapse of her tenure recently.

She pleaded her innocence.

Semenitari said having served as Commissioner for two tenures, she was entitled to her status cars and had proof of allocation.

“While I understand that Mr. Wike feels a dire need to destroy the reputation of Governor Amaechi and all those worked with him, it is unacceptable that he will engage in brigandage, thuggery and underhand tactics to do so,” she said.

She said a letter from any government official requesting me to make a submission or tender documentation would have been the appropriate way to go and she would have tendered all the relevant documents to them.

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“Breaking into my home, invading my privacy, damaging my property and removing property from my premises is inappropriate and illegal.”

Semenitari said the monetization policy of the government allowed public officers to leave government with their official vehicles as this is in lieu of vehicle, allowance, transport and other allowances, which they could not draw because of the monetisation policy of 2002.

“Mr. Nyesom Wike served as Chief of Staff, and upon departure left with all the vehicles he used as Chief of Staff. This has been the practice since this democratic dispensation when President Olusegun Obassanjo instituted the monetisation policy.”

The “invasion” of Semenitari’s home is the latest in a series of tensions between the current and former administration of the Rivers State.

Semenitari’s All Progressives Congress (APC), which formerly ran the state, does not recognise Wike, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) member alleging his election was characterized by irregularities.

The two parties have traded counter-accusations of looting state resources.

- CAJ News

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