The Rivers state government said on Saturday that the state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike “escaped assassination as Special Anti-robbery Squad Operatives and soldiers of the Nigerian Army in the motorcade of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi attacked his convoy.”
According to an official statement signed by Simeon Nwakaudu, the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media:
- The governor was on project inspection at Nwanja Junction on Trans-Amadi Road when the attack took place.
- The SARs Personnel and Soldiers in the Minister’s convoy hit down the Governor’s Escort Rider and attacked the policemen in the pilot car.
- Mr Debewari, the Aide -De- Camp, to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, supervised the attack, which included damage of cameras held by journalists.
- The statement claimed that the Commander of Rivers SARS, Mr Akin Fakorede who received the Minister of Transportation at the Port Harcourt International Airport and accompanied him on the trip was part of the attack.
The statement said Gov. Wike was not harmed but continued with his inspection of projects.