- Governor Wike has given his support to the protest against SARS
- The governor on Tuesday, October 13, addressed the protesters in Port Harcourt
- Wike advised the federal government not to waste time in reforming the police
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The Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has revealed how the residents of the state suffered in the hands of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Channels TV reports that the governor made this known while addressing the #EndSARS protesters in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Tuesday, October 13.
Legit.ng gathered that Wike said Rivers has the highest number of people being harassed and intimidated by the SARS operatives in Nigeria.
“Nobody has suffered, no state has suffered in the hands of SARS-like Rivers state."
In his address to the EndSARS protesters, Wike said that when he raised alarm on the loss of lives in the state, he was accused of politicising the situation.
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The governor called for police reforms in the country, asking the protesters to kick against bad governance.
Governor Wike noted:
“SARS can never be my friend. I will never support SARS, We have never supported SARS. The mistake we are making is that if you end SARS which they have ended, are they not the same police people?
“If they form another body, is it not the same police people? So what you require is the total reform of the police."
Governor Wike, however, criticised the nomination of the special assistant to the president on social media, Lauretta Onochie, as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), representing Delta state.
He said the development is a ploy by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the general elections in 2023.
Wike also called on the people of the state to protest against the appointment, stressing that marching against police reform is not just enough.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state on Tuesday, October 13, visited families of the slain victims of EndSARS protests in the Ogbomosho area of the state.
It was reported that the governor said beyond the EndSARS protest, most Nigerians were frustrated over the prevailing harsh economic reality in the country.
In another report, the former Nigerian president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, supported the EndSARS protests.
Jonathan, on his Twitter page, said that the protest was only organised to advance the country as he urged fellow citizens to apply self-control in their move for a better Nigeria at such a trying time.
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