March 19 Rerun : Governor Wike decries politicisation of a murder case involving APC chieftain


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has described  as worrisome,  a deliberate ploy to politicise the judiciary  for the purpose  of   hearing  a bail application of a chieftain  of the All Progressives Congress, APC,  who was charged for  murder  during  the  March 19, 2016 rerun  elections in the  state .

The governor  reiterated  his confidence  in the judiciary  to live above the political  games being played by the agents of APC.

Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday during  the  submission of report by the Justice Monima Danagogo Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Killings and other violent acts/ related matters that occurred during the March 19, 2016 rerun elections in Rivers State, Governor Wike decried the setting  up of a special  panel by the Court of Appeal basically  to consider an appeal of an APC chieftain  standing trial for murder.

The governor  stated that he was shocked to read in National  Newspapers about the unprecedented action by the Court of Appeal,  pointing  out  that  the  action is detrimental to the rule  of law and the maintenance  of  the  law and order in the state.

He regretted that the APC  through  her agents have politicised crime. He noted  that the immediate  past  Commissioner of Police in Rivers State was queried and transferred because  he charged the notorious  APC chieftain to court for murder.

He said : “I just read in the papers today that they have set up a special panel to hear bail application  for  a murder case.

“We have had criminal  matters in court for years, but for a murder case now, Rivers State has become  a state where crime is committed  and it is being  politicised.

“See how politics has entered into crime. Where you belong to, matters. If you belong to a particular  political  party, a special  panel will be set up for you. They believe that the person involved is an APC member from a local government  where a rerun  will take place”

Speaking  further,  the governor  said : “This is not funny. Then you ask yourself,  if that happens,  what are you  telling  the  bereaved.  Are you not telling them to do whatever they can to see that they get justice  from wherever.

“We were concerned about the last rerun  elections and we set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to look into it to know what  happened.  Assuming  that  recommendations  have been made for their prosecutions, they will take measures  to frustrate  such prosecutions”.

He said that he has the political  will to implement  the  recommendations  of  the  Judicial Commission of Inquiry.

Earlier in his  remarks, Justice Monima Danagogo stated that the committee said that  the report is in four volumes for the implementation  of  the  state government.

Simeon Nwakaudu,
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
27th June, 2016.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike receiving  the  report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Killings and other violent acts during the March 19 Rerun Elections from the Chairman, Justice Monima Danagogo at the Government House, PortHarcourt on Monday. 


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