Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on the Nigerian Police to inform the world how and where the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) was
murdered during the rerun legislative elections, instead of trying to cover obvious facts.
The governor also wondered why the police have refused to make public the communication that an APC
chieftain and Former Commissioner of Power, Mr Augustine Kachi Nwokocha had with the killers before
the DSP was brutally murdered.
Governor Wike spoke on Thursday when he granted audience to the management of Independent
Newspapers Limited at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
He said: "The police should let the world know where the DSP was killed? What is the polling unit where he was killed? The former commissioner of power who was
mentioned by the killers, has he been questioned? "Where is the call log of that former commissioner as
communicated with the killers? Have they checked the discussions between the Commissioner and the
arrested killers? "They know the truth, but they want to cover a lot of
things. The Army announced that they recovered the uniforms from the forest, was there a polling unit in the
forest?". He noted that the steps being taken to blackmail the
state government will fail because the Rivers people cannot be cowed. He appealed to journalists to always
defend the truth and speak out regularly. "The survival of democracy to a large extent depends on a vibrant media. Certain things happening in the
country must be made public by the media." On the award of the "Man of the Year 2016" by the Independent Newspapers Limited, Governor Wike
dedicated the award to God and the people of the state. "When you have the opportunity to serve and make a
difference, excuses will not be tolerated by the people. That is why we are committed to the development of the state ".
Earlier, the Managing Director of Independent Newspapers Limited, Mr Ted Iwere informed that the
Editorial Board and Board of Editors of Independent Newspapers Limited resolved to honour Governor Wike
as the Man of the Year 2016 for his sterling performance in the areas of infrastructure, human capital development and internal revenue generation.