The Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has raised an alarm in which he alleged that the federal government is plotting to set him up for arms trafficking.
He stated this on Sunday while speaking at a thanksgiving service in honour of Azubuike Nmerukini, chairman of the state local government service commission.
Wike, in his allegation, claimed that ahead of the 2019 general elections in the country, the All Progressive Congress (APC) is conniving with a Lebanese citizen who has been asked to say that Wike paid him to acquire ammunition.
“The federal government has arranged with a Lebanese to say that I told him to buy arms for the purpose of the forthcoming elections,” Wike said.
“I am not close to any Lebanese, let alone give money to anyone to buy arms for elections. We have dutifully served our people and we don’t need to purchase arms for elections.
“If elections are held 20,000 times, we will win because our projects have positively impacted the lives of our people.”
He also accused the federal government of planning to rig the elections in Rivers state by causing crisis in the state.
“They plan to cause so much crisis in the state so that Rivers election is held on a separate date. Their plot will fail. Rivers election will hold same day with that of other states,” he said.
According to the governor, most of the kidnappings and armed robbery in the state are been carried out with the knowledge of SARS operatives under the leadership of Akin Fakorede, SARS commander, who controls an eight-man gang.
He expressed fears that the police high command will “sweep the matter under the carpet” if he doesn’t speak out.