Wike asks IGP to arrest Edo aggressors called ‘lions and tigers’


Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State wants the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to effect the arrest of hoodlums that invaded the Edo House of Assembly earlier Thursday, August 6, 2020, called ‘lions and tigers’.

Speaking on the threat of violence during Edo State election during a morning live television interview, Gov Wike wondered why the Nigerian Police had not invited the APC candidate over a viral video showing his meeting with questionable characters described as “lions and tigers of Edo state”.

Governor Wike who is the chairman, PDP National Campaign Council, noted that in that viral video, the APC candidate reiterated visiting violence on Edo electorate.

“Violence is both when you issue threat and give directives. In that video,  he told the boys to move from unit to unit,  from ward to ward. This is a violation of the provisions and guidelines of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“Gov Godwin Obaseki has always preached peace and has urged his supporters not to retaliate. But when people come to snatch ballot boxes in order to stop you from exercising your fundamental right, certainly, you will protect your votes.

“Taking away the mandate of the people is an unforgivable sin.  It denies the people good governance that they seek and should enjoy.

Governor Wike also spoke about the failure of the Federal Government to tackle the rising insecurity in the country.

He said suggestions offered by the opposition were rejected because in Nigeria everything is politicised. The Governor said Nigerians are seeing that APC has failed the country and it is up to them to vote them out at the appropriate time.

He noted that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has been immersed in corruption and has turned out to produce Chief Executives and Directors with governorship ambitions.

Gov Wike said  the revision of the 2020 budget of Rivers State, would not slow down the pace of development.

He told his audience that Obaseki was the right candidate to support based on what the APC and Adam Oshiomhole said about the man four years ago. He said if Oshiomhole thinks it was a lie, he should retract it and apologise to Edo people.