Wike retreats, addresses EndSARS protesters
Rivers State Governor Niesom Ezenvo Vike says all Nigerians must support a complete reform of the Nigerian police force.
Addressing End-SARS protesters at Government House in Port Harcourt, Governor Wyck told them he was not satisfied that the Nigerian Police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) would be demolished.
“If we do not reform the police, the SARS officers themselves will be deployed in other parts of the Force to continue their evil deeds.
“This is not just to end SARS. There is already a statement to refuse it. But every Nigerian must support a complete police reform.
“SARS cannot and never has been our friend in Rivers State. They killed the teacher of the Polytechnic Institute Ken Saro-Wiwa for no reason, and the people were silent.
“President Muhammadu Bukhari has announced that he is reforming the police. Let’s be ready to keep him from his words, ”he said.
The Governor said he was sworn in to protect the lives and property of the Rivers residents.
According to him, this prompted him to condemn the brutality and abductions of SARS employees against the residents of Rivers.
He noted that instead of national support for this evil, leaders in some circles have reduced it to politics.
“In this country we see people playing in the gallery. They hate people who tell the truth.
“When we raised the alarm about SARS killing people in Rivers, nobody listened to us saying that I was playing with politics.
“No governor saw the need to oppose this evil. This is because this did not happen in their states. Now the evil SARS has touched them, they want everyone to rally.
“Rivers State does not play second violin. The lives of Rivers are important to me, and I will continue to protect them.
“What are you protesting against, I opposed it a long time ago. If they only listened, we will not protest today, ”he said.
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October 12, 2020.