The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, said on Sunday that the insecurity in the state was inherited from the previous administration.
Wike stated that the killings and kidnappings in Rivers started during the administration of former governor Rotimi Amaechi.The governor made the comments during the thanksgiving service at Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church in Okrika to commemorate the rescue of Patience Tam-George, the octogenarian mother of the Commissioner of Information, Dr. Austin Tam-George, who was held hostage for six days by kidnappers.
Reacting, the state Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Chris Finebone, described as preposterous the statement credited to the state government that kidnapping and killings were inherited from the immediate past administration.
Finebone said contrary to the position of the state government, Amaechi fought crime to a standstill during as a governor.
He said, “That is the most preposterous story to tell. Anybody who lived in Rivers State when Amaechi was governor agreed that Amaechi gave his all to fight insecurity in the state.
“It is possible that Kenneth Kobani (representative of the governor), who had gone on self-exile, did not come down to Rivers to experience the quiet and safe Rivers State then.
“He (Kobani) never lived in Rivers during the time Amaechi was governor. So, he spoke from the angle of lack of experience.”