Amaechi blasts Wike for appointing militants as LG chairmen
– Rotimi Amaechi accused Governor Nyesom Wike of appointing only known militants as chairmen of caretaker committees of the local government councils in Rivers state – He also accused his successor of appointing a former militant leader Chief Ateke Tom as a special adviser
– Amaechi alleged that the ex-militant leader and the chairman of Asari-Toru local government council, Sonoma Jackrich, is hiding from the police in the Government House
Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation and former governor of Rivers state, has accused Governor Nyesom Wike of appointing only known militants as chairmen of caretaker committees of the local government councils in the state. Leadership reports that Amaechi accused his successor on Wednesday, March 16, speaking on a live programme of a private television station in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital. He also alleged that Wike is hiding the ex-militant leader and the chairman of Asari-Toru local government council, Sonoma Jackrich, who has been recently declared wanted by the police.
“Now, you are asking a question when all his council chairmen are known militants. It is not an allegation. For example, the chairman of Asari-Toru local government council is living in Government House, because he cannot go to work. Why can’t he go to work? Because the police stormed his house, found AK-47, live ammunitions.
Please, call the commissioner of police and the director of the SSS to confirm. READ ALSO: Ex-militant leader declared wanted by Rivers police “They went to arrest him but he was taken away by government. He is a known militant; he was granted amnesty. When I say known, he was on the list of those granted amnesty. His name is Sonoma Jackrich. You can go on with your investigation. I am saying the police went to his house in the village and saw the weapons. Let the government deny it.
“I am a Christian and I will never sit down with a cultist. In fact, if you want me to leave here, just tell me that you have a murderer here. I won’t feel comfortable sitting with such person.As a governor, I never sat down with cultists, but in this government, they are appointing Chief Ateke Tom as special adviser to the governor,”
Amaechi noted that when he was the governor, he approached even his enemies to assist him in finding ways to move the state forward. He called on his successor to do the same to resolve the current insecurity in the state. Earlier this week, speaking at a town hall meeting in a community, Amaechi called on the people of the state to vote for the All Progressives Congress in the rerun election scheduled for Saturday, March 19. In his speech, he also accused Goodluck Jonathan of imposing Governor Wike on the people of the state.
Therefore, he urged the people to reject the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party in the election to “shame” the former president.