Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, has alleged that Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, ordered him to leave Edo State on the eve of the state’s governorship election.
Governor Wike made the allegation in an interview on Friday.
According to the governor, who was the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship campaign council, he asked the IGP why Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and his Imo State counterpart, Hope Uzodinma, who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign council, were allowed to remain in Edo State.
He claimed that IGP Adamu was angry with him because he challenged the illegal deduction of the Rivers State financial allocation for the police fund.
“The IG never saw me outside. I was inside my room and I got a call from the IG that I must leave Edo State,” Governor Wike said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
“What surprised me was why should I leave Edo State? I am the chairman of the campaign council and the chairman does not mean that after the campaign, you leave. No, you must monitor what is going on so that at the end of the day, you would be able to write your report.
“I discovered that the IG’s own had nothing to do with the election because I remembered that some time ago my commissioner returned to me from a FAAC meeting and said there were deductions made to the Police Trust Fund.
“I asked who approved it because the police are under the exclusive list and not the concurrent list. I told my attorney-general to challenge it. This angered the IG.”
Governor Wike also stated that IGP Adamu is unhappy with him because he stopped the arrest of Joi Nunieh, a former acting Managing Director of the Niger Dela Development Commission (NDDC).
“When our sister, Joi Nunieh, was to be abducted, IG was not happy about my intervention. He called me and I asked him how could you allow a woman to be taken away at 4 am knowing the security situation in the country today. Why didn’t you invite her?” he asked.