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IGP Ordered Me To Move Out Of Edo State On Eve Of Governorship Election - GOVERNOR WIKE


The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, called me on the telephone on the eve of the Edo State governorship election last week and ordered me to leave the state immediately.

This was the assertion of the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship campaign in Edo State, and incumbent Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, while fielding questions on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Friday (today).

Wike posited that sequel to the IGP's directive that he vacates Edo State, he had queried IGP Mohammed Adamu, as to why Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and his Imo State counterpart, Hope Uzodinma, who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), were allowed to remain in Edo State, but there was no response from the police boss.

The Rivers State governor further explained that the IGP was angry with him on the reason that he had challenged the illegal deduction of the Rivers State financial allocation for the police fund.

Nyesom Wike said, “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. 

"What surprised me was why should I leave Edo State? I am the chairman of the campaign council and chairman does not mean that after 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.”

Nyesom Wike also revealed that the IGP was angry with him for obstructing the arrest of a former acting Managing Director (MD) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joi Nunieh, even as he added that he never regretted his action because the police was wrong to have attempted to arrest her on the same day she was supposed to give evidence at the National Assembly.

Nyesom Wike argued that, "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 4am knowing the security situation in the country today. Why didn’t you invite her?” 

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