Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has accused the State Police Command for inciting some residents to break the law and commit violent crimes.
However, Governor Wike urged the Police Command to perform its duties or risk being replaced in his speech on Wednesday at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign event in Elekahia in Port Harcourt.
The Rivers State neighborhood watch would be activated to take over for the Police, according to the Governor, if they fail to perform their constitutionally mandated duty.
He said: “And this is what I want to tell The Police, Rivers State Command you are the one supporting them to disobey the law to cause violence.”
“If you don’t want to do your duty let us know, and I will release our neighborhood watch. If you don’t do your work we will take over your work from you.”
Speaking further, Wike called on the Police Commissioner in the state, Okon Effiong not to be intimidated or scared in doing what is right as according to him, indecisiveness won’t save anybody.
“You cannot support people who are breaking the law, you know the truth of the matter, and you are scared so they don’t transfer you.
“Your duty is not supposed to be permanent as security personnel you can be sent anywhere any day, But your indecisiveness will not save you. Do your work and don’t be intimidated.”
“They forget how they used the military, was it not here they used the military to carry ballot papers, they forget how the military occupied all the collation centres to take all the materials,” the Governor said.