Wike Backtracks, Addresses EndSARS Protesters

Wike Backtracks, Addresses EndSARS Protesters

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says all Nigerians
should support the total reform of the Nigeria Police Force.
Addressing End-SARS protesters at Government House, Port
Harcourt, Governor Wike told them not to be satisfied that the
Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police
Force would be scrapped.
“If we do not reform the Police, the same SARS officers will
be deployed to other units of the Force to continue their evil
“It is not only to end SARS. Already, there is a pronouncement
to scrap it. But every Nigerian should support the total reform
of the Police.
“SARS cannot and has never been our friend in Rivers state.
They killed a lecturer at Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic without a
cause and people kept quiet.
“President Muhammadu Buhari said he will reform the Police.
Let us be ready to hold him by his words,” he said.
The Governor stated that he took an oath of office to protect
the lives and property of Rivers people.
According to him, this made him to condemn the brutality and
kidnapping activities of SARS officers against Rivers people.
He pointed out that instead of a national support against such
evil, leaders in some quarters reduced it to politics.
“What we find in this country is that people play to the gallery.
They hate people who speak the truth.
“When we raised the alarm over the killings of Rivers people
by SARS operatives, nobody listened to us as they said I was
playing politics with it.
“No Governor saw the need to speak out against that evil. That
was because it was not happening in their States. Now the evil
of SARS has touched them, they want everybody to join.
“Rivers State does not play second fiddle. The life of Rivers
people matter to me and I will continue to protect them.
“What you are protesting against, I had campaigned against it
long ago. If only they listened, we will not be protesting today”,
he stated.
Paulinus Nsirim
Commissioner for Information and Communications
October 12, 2020.

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