Police recover 10 stolen Rivers govt vehicles
Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase
Determined to get back government property looted from the Government House in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State, security operatives on Monday evening recovered 10 vehicles allegedly stolen by some officials of the immediate past administration in the state.
The vehicles were recovered from two locations identified as Rumuokparali and Trans-Amadi in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
A statement from the Government House identified the recovered vehicles as one Coaster bus, two Nissan Urvan buses, two Higer vehicles, one Land Cruiser, one Toyota Hilux Pick-up, one Peugeot 607 Saloon car and two Peugeot 406 cars.
Tobbby777: Nigerian police and their showmanship! They probably saw the vehicles parked somewhere, call the state governmentâ€™s workers to follow them to the place. We donâ€™t need a prophet to tell us that this is a ploy to tarnish Amaechiâ€™s image. How can a Nigerian politician steal government cars and park them in such a place? The police can do more than this, please.
Don Meche:Does it mean that Wike took away the properties to get back at Amaechi because he was not taken on a tour of Government House? Even if Amaechi was the poorest ex-governor, what would he do with used properties? What we hear now is that 10 vehicles have been recovered; nobody is talking about arresting the suspects. The police should give us the details.
Don: Amaechi does not have sufficient defence. The fact that he refused to conduct his successor around the government house is enough reason to indict him. His refusal to take Wike around was his biggest undoing. People should be bold enough to tell Amaechi that he displayed the highest level of rascality.
Onomskky: There is something suspicious about the claim that some vehicles have been recovered. How could the police have recovered stolen governmentâ€™s property without making arrests, even if it is to get some money from the suspects? And they went for the operation with civilians. I donâ€™t think we have heard anything yet.
Sam: The report says the police acted on information from government employees. Sometimes we take sides and discountenance the reality when we see it.
Basko: I am not in support of either Amaechi or Wike because both of them play dirty politics. People should understand that the election has been lost and won, and that Wike is now the governor. If we understood this reality, we would move on rather than waste time on trivial issues.
Fred: Those who are pointing the accusing finger at Amaechi should also ask Wike where he got the money that he wasted on his election campaign. Let us be realistic. It was obvious that Ameachi would not take Wike on tour. But how about Amaechiâ€™s deputy, who had even defected to the Peoples Democratic Party before the election? What stopped him from conducting the tour?
Also, there were speculations that properties were carted away from the Aso Rock. But we did not hear any derogatory remark from either President Muhammadu Buhari or his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, because they approached issues in a mature manner.
Popsy: Amaechi should have trusted the judiciary to correct whatever might have gone wrong with Rivers State election. If he did, he would have handed over like other ex-governors did.
Asuk: There is a contradiction here. Why are they talking about recovered vehicles when Amaechi had said that nothing was stolen from Government House? Who owns the vehicles that were recovered?
Tee: Amaechi is responsible for the shameful episode whether he knows anything about the stolen properties or not. If he exercised some decorum in the manner he handled his personal animosity with Wike and facilitated a proper handing over, this would not have happened. By creating the impression that the incoming administration is an enemy, he encouraged his aides to act with impunity. Even if he disapproved of Wikeâ€™s victory, he should have done the needful.
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