There are stormy days ahead for Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State as the State Security Service (SSS) may have concluded plans to place him under “protective custody” days before the December 10 rerun National and State Assembly elections.
The Whistler learnt from credible sources that the move is designed to weaken the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and ensure the All Progressives Congress (APC) have a smooth sail during the poll.
Other than Wike, notable chieftains of the PDP billed for arrest termed “protective custody” include the chairman of the Rivers state chapter of the PDP, Bro. Felix Obuah, former Deputy Speaker of the House of Reps, Hon. Austine Opara, Commissioner of Finance, Mr Fred Kpakol amongst others.
Indication of what lay ahead of the PDP and its chieftains emerged on Thursday when the Director-General of the SSS, Lawal Daura, appeared before the House Representatives and vowed to take “necessary action” against Governor Wike of Rivers State for blocking SSS operatives from arresting a senior judge in Port Harcourt in October.
PREMIUM TIMES which reported the news quoted several sources at the executive session of Daura boasting that but for the governor’s immunity, he would have been dealt with but promised to ensure his (Wike) arrest once he loses his immunity.
However, this newspaper was informed that the resort to a “protective custody” would be hinged on “credible threat to the governor’s and his family’s safety ahead of the rerun poll.”
One source said; “We know that the APC is desperate and have concluded plans to use the DSS to arrest the governor and place him under house arrest in the guise of protective custody citing some none existent security threat to the governor’s person and family.
“There is no threat. All this talk of protective custody is the handiwork of Abuja and a minister from the state. But we are waiting for them.”
Wike had already accused the commissioner of police in the state of withdrawing “majority of (the) policemen providing security for him”
A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, media aide to the governor said a police manual for the December 10 poll which they chanced upon had indicated the development.
The governor speaking on Friday when flagging off the reconstruction of the Igbo-Etche Road said; “As I speak with you, the Commissioner of Police has withdrawn the security around me.
“It is God that will protect me.
“As a governor, the Commissioner of Police has the effrontery to withdraw my security. There is no limit to this kind of intimidation and impunity.”