How DSS Almost Shot Me During Rivers Judge ‘Abduction’ – Wike
River State Governor Nyesom Wike has condemned what he termed “illegal siege’ on the State by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and Policemen when they invaded the State on Saturday to arrest Federal High Court judge residing at Number 35 Forces Avenue in Port Harcourt.
In a statement from the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, said the illegal failed abduction was led by Tosin Ajayi, Rivers State Director of the Department of State Services (DSS) and Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr Francis Odesanya.
He said the operatives of DSS reportedly rough-handled Governor Wike, pushing him around and injuring his hand. A few of the operatives cocked their rifles and threatened to shoot the Governor.
Speaking with Journalist at the scene of the failed ‘abduction’, Governor Wike said if the security agencies had a lawful directive to implement, they must follow due process .
According to him: “Not under my watch wiĺl I allow this kind of impunity to take place. That is why we are here. I don’t know which judge they were detailed to abduct. I didn’t bother myself to know which judge. All I am interested in is that, at this level, it is not allowed.”
“He is not a criminal and he is not an armed robber. If the person has committed an offence, invite him. It is only when he refuses to honour the invitation that you can adopt this commando style.
“The Commissioner of Police is here, the Director of DSS is here. Their operatives cocked their guns and threatened to shoot me. I have never seen that before. Again , this is to tell you what we are facing . We know that more will come. For us in this state, we shall continue to resist it.”
Governor Wike added: “It doesn’t matter what it will cost. When you talk about liberty, sacrifices must be made. We are not trying to stop an arrest. All we are saying is that things must be done decently and in line with the rule of law.
“Rivers State is under siege. For you to see a governor out at this time of the day, something is wrong. A siege is an understatement. If this type of thing happens next time, the people wiĺl resist it to the last”.
The governor stressed: “They are trying to do something funny in this state, probably to declare a state of emergency.