The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Rivers South East senatorial district, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has accused the state Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, of keeping a private army of hoodlums to further his political interest in the senatorial district.
Spokesperson to Abe, Parry Saroh Benson, in a statement noted that Abe made the revelation yesterday, during a news and current affairs programme of a private radio station, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
According to Abe, the plans of the Wike-led administration was to withdraw the Nigerian army during the senatorial election, while his (Wike’s) army operate.
He said, “There are two armies in Rivers State as we speak. There is the Nigerian Army that is under the command of President Muhammadu Buhari and then there is an army of gangsters and criminals that is commanded by Wike.
“So, all these noise you are hearing are blackmail against the Nigerian Army. It is just designed to blackmail the army into withdrawing from the March 19 elections so that their own army can operate the way they operated the last time. There is nothing else that the army has done to deserve the kind of blackmail that is going on.”
Abe said that the security situation at Bori was bad to the extent that market women could hardly withdraw money from the bank without hoodlums attacking and dispossessing them of their life savings.
“If you go to Bori today, a lot of the women who sell in the market don’t even use the banks in Bori. In a minute or two, people are after you with guns to collect your money. The entire area has been rendered unsafe by criminals affiliated to ex-militant, Solomon Ndigbara,” he said.