- Jamil Sarham, general officer commanding 6 division of the Nigerian Army, reacted to the allegations by Governor Wike that he is running a massive oil theft
- Sarham denied the allegations, saying the governor made up the accusation following his refusal to accept billions of naira bribe offered him to compromise Rivers election
- The Nigerian Army has also defended Sarham, describing Governor Wike's allegations as "reckless, spurious and mischievous accusation"
Jamil Sarham, general officer commanding 6 division of the Nigerian Army, has alleged that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state offered him billions of Naira in bribe to compromise the 2019 governorship elections in the state.
According to Aminu Iliyasu, the division’s spokesman, Sarham said Governor Wike decided to witch hunt him when he turned down the offer, Sahara Reporters reports.
Governor Wike has earlier accused Sarham of running a massive oil theft in the state as well as sending troops to assassinate him on the 15 of February 2019.
However, Sarham, denying the governor's allegations, said: “Wike’s resentment against me is based on my choice of professionalism and integrity over the billions of naira offered me by the Rivers state governor to compromise the 2019 general election.
“My refusal to be bought over and the rejection of the hefty offer is the genesis of Wike’s hatred and vociferous criticisms of me."
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has also described Governor Wike's allegations as "reckless, spurious and mischievous accusation".
“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.
“Mr Wike only came face-to-face with Maj. Gen. Sarham on the 15th of January, 2019, during the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day parade at Isaac Boro Park, Port Harcourt.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to challenge Wike to provide the public with any evidence of such meetings, with Maj. Gen. Sarham in attendance. Wike’s allegation against Maj.-Gen. Sarham’s selfish involvement in illegal oil bunkering is another reckless, spurious and mischievous accusation.
“Hence, Headquarters of 6 Division wishes to request the Rivers governor to take the most civilised way of putting up a petition to the relevant authorities, to make a point,” the statement reads.
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