by Stanley Azuakola
There are reports that the minister of state for education, Nyesom Wike, who is currently involved in a bitter struggle with the current Rivers governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has donated his salary for the next six months, which amounts to about N11.742 million, to the Chief Tompolo Foundation.
Tompolo is one of the ex-leaders of militant group, Boko Haram and was in charge of the dreaded Camp 5 base of the militants. Since accepting the amnesty offer, Tompolo has been a major beneficiary of large government contracts and is sought out by top politicians.
An online media platform, Newsdiaryonline which reported the donation and its purpose said that:
The donation by the Minister is seen as part of covert moves to consolidate plans to work with Mr.Tompolo to disrupt the peace in his home, Rivers State. This is seen as part of the plot to oust the incumbent Governor RotimiAmaechi who is seen to have parted ways with President Goodluck Jonathan.
Reports indicate that Mr.Wike has boasted that he will deploy his wide contacts within the judiciary to recruit everyone necessary to ensure he has his way in Rivers State. No one has yet made any response on behalf of Rivers State Government to this revelation .
However, reliable sources reveal that residents of the State have sighted a gradual resurgence of ex-militant groups that had hitherto taken flight from the State due to the tough stance of the Amaechi-led administration on militant activities. Most of these militants had fled the State for more accommodating havens like Bayelsa and Akwa-Ibom Statesand Abuja in the face of the onslaught on criminal activities by the Rivers State Government. With the frosty relationship between the Governor and the Presidency and with the controversial complacent role of the State Commissioner of Police, these ex-militants are now finding their ways back to the State.
Some residents who prefer to remain anonymous have expressed concerns that the sudden return of these ex-militants to the State hold very ominous signs for the State and that their intentions cannot be good.