The IG never saw me outside. I was inside my room and I got a call from the IG that I must leave Edo State.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has narrated how the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu called him on the telephone on the eve of the Edo State governorship election last week, and allegedly ordered him to leave the state immediately.
Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Friday September 25, Wike alleged that the IGP had no response when he asked why Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and his Imo State counterpart, Hope Uzodinma who are members of the All Progressives Congress were allowed to remain in Edo State.
He further claimed that IGP Adamu has been angry wiith him for challenging the illegal deduction of the Rivers State financial allocation for the police fund.
“The IG never saw me outside. I was inside my room and I got a call from the IG that I must leave Edo State. What surprised me was why should I leave Edo State? I am the chairman of the campaign council and the chairman does not mean that after the campaign, you leave. No, you must monitor what is going on so that at the end of the day, you would be able to write your report.
“I discovered that the IG’s own had nothing to do with the election because I remembered that some time ago my commissioner returned to me from a FAAC meeting and said there were deductions made to the Police Trust Fund.
“I asked who approved it because the police are under the exclusive list and not the concurrent list. I told my attorney-general to challenge it. This angered the IG.”
Wike also alleged that the IGP was never happy that he stopped the arrest of a former acting Managing Director of the Niger Dela Development Commission, Joi Nunieh.
“When our sister, Joi Nunieh, was to be abducted, IG was not happy about my intervention. He called me and I asked him how could you allow a woman to be taken away at 4 am knowing the security situation in the country today. Why didn’t you invite her?”