Minister for Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike on Sunday had a clash over the spate of rising insecurity in the state.
Amaechi aired his view while presiding over a formal defection ceremony of two erstwhile commissioners in Wike’s government to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Port Harcourt to the high level of unemployment in the oil rich state. He also accused Wike of corruption in his being the owner of many properties scattered across the state acquired with public funds.
Amaechi fondly known as the Lion of Ubima said: “Rivers State is in danger, completely; a state where properties are being collected and somebody is busy building everywhere and nobody is talking.
“When I was governor, God knows, I did my best. I did not build only roads, I built schools. I built electricity. I built farms. I created employment.
“The reason why crime is high in Rivers State is because of unemployment is very high. That the reason why we had the Songhai Farm. Today, the Songhai Farm is gone. That is why we had the Banana Farm that they stopped in Khana (Ogoni land)
But Wike in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, on Sunday said: “Is unemployment fuelling insecurity in Kaduna, Plateau, Borno, Yobe, Ondo, Ebony, Imo and Niger states governed by the All Progressives Congress?
“Is he (Amaechi) trying to indict his boss, President Muhammad Buhari, who is the Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and who is constitutionally saddle with the responsibility to provide security for Nigerians?
“It is a well-known fact that Amaechi is the one who appoints every Commissioner of Police that has been posted to Rivers State since 2015. So, if there is any security failure, he is to blame.”
On the imposition of curfew in the state following attacks on security formations which Amaechi criticized, the governor said the the minister “is happy that members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra are killing innocent policemen, who were protecting lives and property.
Reacting to allegation by the minister that he is acquiring property in the State, the governor said it better to acquire property in Nigeria than to do so in Ghana.