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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that no political party in the country will be allowed to threaten the safety of life and property in the state ahead of the 2023 election.
Wike noted that available intelligence report reveal that some politicians were planning to recruit cultists and former prisoners to disrupt the security enjoyed in the State.
He added that some hotel owners and entertainment centres are in the process of letting their property to politicians and political parties as a hub for gathering.
Wike disclosed this in a state broadcast on Sunday, noting that the state government will not tolerate any security breaches.
He said, “We will not allow any political party, be it the All Progressives Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party or the Social Democratic Party to threaten the safety and security of lives and property during the campaigns with mayhem, thuggery or violence.
“Accordingly, we have already alerted and set the security agencies on the trail of these misguided politicians and leaders of political parties and stop them in their tracks with the full weight of the law.
“We also wish to warn owners of hotels and proprietors of relaxation centres to take notice and desist from releasing their facilities for politicians and party leaders to use to meet and plot against the peace, safety and security of our state.”
The governor warned that the state government will pull down hotels and other entertainment places that are linked with such criminal political activities.
“I wish to reiterate our unwavering commitment to safeguarding the sanctity of lives and property throughout the State and to reassure everyone that we shall continue to spare no effort to keep Rivers State safe and secure.
“We urge residents to be vigilant while going about with their normal activities and promptly report any suspicious gatherings or movements in your vicinity to the attention of the security agencies for necessary action.”
“I wish to reiterate that our commitment to the shared covenant for a new, secure and prosperous Rivers State remains strong as ever and we will neither relent nor waiver in our determination to deliver all that we set out to achieve to advance our security, progress and prosperity before the end of our administration.