The Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, has met with Diplomats from the United States and Britain, ostensibly to intimate them about the activities of the Military in the state in the run up of the governorship elections in the state.
There has been reported massive movement of troops to Rivers state. In Zamfara state, more than a hundred were killed by alleged bandits.
The army has also been reported to have invaded the home of a former Niger delta warlord, Ateke Tom, who is now a traditional ruler. He was said to have escaped.
In a release by Simon Nwakaudu, Special Adviser to Governor Wike on Social Media, the Dplomats declined comments after about an hour briefing with the governor.
Below is the full text of the release.
Governorship Election: Governor Wike meets US and British Diplomats
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Friday met with the United States Consul-General to Nigeria, John Bray and the Political Officer of the British High Commission in Nigeria, Louis Edwards.
The joint meeting which lasted about one hour, had the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah and Senator Lee Maeba in attendance.
The International Diplomats visited Governor Wike on the heels of mass arrests of PDP leaders by security agencies. The Rivers State Government and the PDP have issued several statements alerting the world on the illegal activities of security agencies ahead of the elections.
Governor Wike tabled the concerns of the government and people of Rivers State before the American Embassy and the British High Commission.
At the end of the meeting, the International Diplomats declined comments as they left to continue with the 2019 Governorship and State Assembly elections in Rivers State.
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
8th March, 2019.