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Parties trade blame on violence in Rivers

03 October 2016, 20:29

Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) refuted allegations by Governor Nyesom Wike the immediate past administration of Rotimi Amaechi was responsible for the insecurity in the state.

The party said Wike had made the allegations at the St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Okrika at a time the country was celebrating Independence Day.

“Ordinarily, the APC would have ignored the statement [since we do not expect much to come from a serial liar] but for the perplexity and surprise that much of the print and electronic media, who themselves as chroniclers of history, have expressed over the statement hence the need to straighten the records,” APC Rivers chairman, Davies Ikanya said.

He said Amaechi in 2007 took over a state that was characterized by insecurity but eliminated this problem as soon as he took over.

Ikanya mentioned the elimination of the problem of militancy, adding the Amnesty programme of then Musa  Yar’Adua also came in handy.

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“By 2009, Port Harcourt and most parts of Rivers State were effectively out of the grip of criminal elements,” said Ikanya.

He said problems recurred between 2014 and 2015, when Wike and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) openly visited the ex-militant leaders in Okochiri, Yeghe, Degema and elsewhere.

“As elections approached, the various gangs, re-assembled and armed by the PDP, received their green light and the killings started. Rivers of Blood was born! The rest is now history,” Ikanya said.

“The truth remains that governor Nyesom Wike and the PDP created the Frankenstein Monster of insecurity troubling innocent Rivers people and residents of the State and they are too dishonest to accept responsibility for their actions and ask for forgiveness from God – not even when they are in the house of God.” 

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