Governor Wike decries politicisation of murder case involving APC chieftain
Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has described as worrisome a deliberate ploy to politicise the judiciary for the purpose of hearing a bail application of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who was charged for murder during the March 19, 2016 rerun elections in the state.
The governor reiterated his confidence in the judiciary to live above any political games parties might decide to play.
He spoke at Government House, Port Harcourt, on Monday during the submission of report by the Justice Monima Danagogo Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Killings and Other Violent Acts and Related Matters that occurred during the March 19, 2016 rerun elections in Rivers State. Governor Wike decried the setting up of a special panel by the Court of Appeal basically to consider an appeal of an APC chieftain standing trial for murder.
The governor stated that he was shocked to read in the newspapers about the unprecedented action by the Court of Appeal, pointing out that the action is detrimental to the rule of law and the maintenance of law and order in the state.
He regretted that the APC, through its agents, has politicised crime. He noted that the immediate past Commissioner of Police in Rivers State was queried and transferred because he charged the notorious APC chieftain to court for murder.