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IGP to Wike: “221 Police officials are guarding you”

IGP to Wike: “221 Police officials are guarding you”

Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has denied that he ordered the killing of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, describing the report as “false” and “misleading”, the police noted that 221 members of its personnel are guarding the Governor.

The statement reads: “The Nigeria Police Force wishes to categorically state that there is no iota of truth in all the allegations and false assertions in the interview granted by the Executive Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Mr. Nyesom Wike as regards his accusations against the IGP and the Nigeria Police Force.

“To clear doubts from the minds of good people of Rivers State and other well-meaning Nigerians that must have read the story and set the record straight, the Force is under obligation to inform the Public on the facts of the matter.

“There was no time either recently or in the past that the IGP gave an order or assignment to the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State or any police officer anywhere in the country to kill His Excellency, Mr. Nyesom Wike, the Executive Governor of Rivers State or directed the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State to cage the governor as alleged.”

Condemning the report as unfounded, the statement said: “The NPF sees this statement as ‘ungubernatorial’, ‘unexecutive’”, malicious and capable of misleading and causing disaffection between the Nigeria Police Force and the good people of Rivers State whom the governor swore to lead and serve democratically without prejudice and in accordance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

On the number of policemen attached to the governor, the police disclosed that 221 personnel are attached to him, a figure the IG said was more than what some commands have.

The statement reads: “It is incumbent on the Nigeria Police Force to educate the general public and draw the attention of the governor of Rivers State to the facts and figures available for press and members of the public to verify, that there are 221 police personnel attached currently to His Excellency, Mr. Nyesom Wike, the Executive Governor of Rivers State for his personal and office protection.

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