Wike, Amaechi convoy clash in Port Harcourt


"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".

According to Vanguard, Wike said that the attempt was made by soldiers and police officers attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in the convoy of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

A statement by his media aide, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, immediately after the clash, said the incident happened when the governor was inspecting ongoing road construction job at Trans Amadi Road.

He said Governor Wike's Dispatch Rider pulled a pistol to assassinate Rotimi Amaechi but missed his target after which Amaechi's ADC, Debiwari intervened to save the Minister from further assassination attempt.

"The SARs Personnel and Soldiers in the Minister's convoy hit down the Governor's Escort Rider and attacked the policemen in the pilot vehicle", the statement said.

Nwakaudu added that one of Amaechi's aide-de-camp identified as Debewari supervised the alleged attack "which included damage of cameras held by journalists".

Wike according to the statement was not hurt, he continued with his inspection of the road project after the incident.

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The transport minister has however turned down Wike's award and urged the governor to publicly apologise to him for accusing him of being the owner of the sum of $43 million recently discovered in an Ikoyi apartment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC or face the wrath of the law. The minister had arrived Port Harcourt this afternoon (Saturday).

But Mr. Amaechi denied the claims, saying that "gun-totting security men attached to Wike's convoy" surrounded Mr. Amaechi's auto, threatening to shoot him. The vehicle was vandalized with a broken side mirror", the statement said."The statement went on: "The incident occurred in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, along Trans-Amadi road, Nwaja axis". All through this attack, Amaechi remained calm inside the fortified vehicle. 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".

"We are also calling on the International Community to take note of these chain of activity that is carefully planned by the (APC) and being executed by the Minister of Transport".

On the Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contribution Award " by the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards (SCAHSA), Wike said that the Former Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed worked for the APC federal government to scuttle the honour.

The Amaechi media office added that Wike came out of his auto, and with his security team went from one vehicle to another of Amaechi's supporters charging at them, harassing and abusing them.

In the meantime, Ikwerre youths have condemned what they called the attack on Amaechi and the policemen in his convoy. The transportation minister hails from Ubima in Ikwerre LGA, while the Rivers governor is an indigene of Rumueprikom in Obio/Akpor council.

In a statement issued yesterday by its Head of Publicity, Chinwe Nnorom, PDP asked President Buhari to order the immediate transfer of Mr. Fakorede of SARS out of Rivers State.