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Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State Governor, says most of the crimes committed in the state, especially armed robbery and kidnapping, are by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.
Wike said that an official police signal had indicted Akin Fakorede, the Rivers State SARS Commander, and his operatives, as having a hand in many of the crimes committed in the state.
Speaking with journalists in Port Harcourt, the State Capital, on Wednesday, Wike alleged that Fakorede was planted in the state to create an atmosphere of insecurity and fear.
“Most of the kidnappings and armed robbery taking place in this state are done by men of SARS,” Wike said.
“They use exhibit vehicles to operate. As the Chief Security Officer of the state, you complain, but they choose to play politics with crime.
“They fight crime in some state, but they refuse to fight crime in Rivers State. We are done with the elections, but they are using SARS to create insecurity in the state. As I speak with you, they will deny.
“But the SARS operative who was killed was amongst those who raided the Rivers East Senatorial District collation centre. This man can be identified in the video as one of those who invaded the collation centre with Fakorede.
“I have never seen a country where they politicise crime. It is very obvious that they want to give the impression that Rivers State is unsafe.
“They want to instill fear, preparatory to declaring during the elections that there are so much killings.
“Authorities deliberately trying to destroy a whole state and you want the people to be happy. I will no longer write. Now is the time to take my case to the public for the whole world to know what is happening.”
Wike said that his administration has invested heavily in security, more than any other state in the country but that the Police was working against the state.