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Wike Impounds Another Gov’t Vehicle Hijacked By Amaechi’s Chief Of Staff

The Wike Adminis-tration in Rivers State yesterday bared its fangs afresh, seizing in a commando style a car belonging to the immediate past Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Tony Okocha.

Security personnel acting on the order of the state government invaded the Rumuigbo, Port Harcourt private residence of Okocha and forcefully took away a Range Rover believed to be his official car.

Okocha was not in town at the time of the invasion, which came a week after a similar confiscation of a Lexus SUV from the residence of the immediate past Commissioner for Information in the State, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari.

Okocha described the action of the government as illegal.

He said by phone from Abuja that the SUV was officially allocated to him by the last administration in the state.

But he said he was not surprised “at the uncouth action, knowing Wike’s nuances like the back of my hand.”

He wondered why the tyres of the vehicle were deflated by the government agents, saying: “I was also informed that Wike alleged that I stole the car and he deflated its tyres.

“I challenge Wike to show a photo proof that the tyres were found deflated. I challenge him to show enough proof that the vehicle was stolen.”

He said the action was nothing short of “another subterfuge to perpetuate his witch-hunt against selfless and defenceless aides of the former governor of Rivers State”

Okocha warned that “this seeming introduction of militarism into our democratic experience and the attendant ignominy may well become our bane, if not checked.”

He added: “As Chief of Staff, Wike performed as transport officer. By the records available at the transport office, Wike was in possession of 13 vehicles of different brands and handed none over to me as his successor, not even the Permanent Secretary of the Government House, Port Harcourt.

“Even the official residence of the Chief of Staff, where Wike stayed was never handed over, until one year and four months, when he reluctantly vacated, leaving the premises completely bare.

“In Wike’s defence during his arrest by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), he quoted that N80 million was used to renovate the Chief of Staff’s residence, yet what I inherited was a residence overgrown with weeds and taken over by reptiles. Nobody shouted.”

The former chief of staff also urged supporters of Amaechi and members of the APC in the state to remain law abiding, peaceful, calm and steadfast in the face of the intimidation by what he called the caretaker administration.

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