Jamil Sarham, the general officer commanding (GOC) 6 division of the Nigerian army in Port Harcourt who was recently accused by Rivers Gov. Nyesom Wike of involvement in oil bunkering, has in turn accused the governor of offering him a bribe to compromise the governorship elections in the state.
- Sarham dismissed Wike’s allegations as “reckless, spurious and mischievous…”
Backstory: In a statement by Aminu Iliyasu, the division’s spokesman, Sarham said it was his refusal to be “bought over” by the governor and the rejection of his “hefty offer” that led to Wike’s “hatred and vociferous criticisms of me.”
The governor had also accused Sarham of leaking the conclusions of the State Security Council to criminals, an accusation the general denies: “On the mischievous accusation against Maj.-Gen. Sarham of leaking proceedings of State Security Council meetings to criminals in Rivers State, Mr. Wike knows well that Maj.-Gen. Sarham is not a member of the Rivers State Security Council, neither has he ever approached the gates of Rivers State Government House, since his assumption of office as the GOC, 6 Division.”
The army urged Wike to provide “the public with any evidence of such meetings, with Maj.-Gen. Sarham in attendance.”
Bottom Line: Sarham’s allegation that Gov. Wike offered him a bribe is not new. He made the same claim when Wike alleged an assassination plot against him in February. It is unlikely that this would be the last exchange between the two men. However, their words aren’t useful as none of them ever provides evidence.