Gov. Wike, Rivers CP in cold war


It seemed Gov. Nyesom Wike and Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Francis Odesanya, enjoy a cordial relationship to the uninitiated eyes.


The opinion may have developed from uninformed report of happenings during the foiled attempt to arrest a supreme court judge, Justice Uche Ogunnuo by agents of the Department of State Security, DSS, in Port Harcourt.

Reports had said CP Francis Odesanya took the side of Gov. Wike and prevented the DSS from arresting Justice Ogunnuo.

But sources told OrijoReporter that CP Odesanya and Gov. Wike all this while have been having a cold war based on distrust.

It was said that the fact that the police chief had worked in Lagos, Ogun and Edo States, all controlled by All Progress Congress, APC, and hails from Ikene in Ogun State, the same place with Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo never endeared him to the governor.

An eyewitness who was at the scene of Justice Ogunnuo’s foiled arrest in his house said Gov. Wike did not set aside his distrust of CP Odesanya during the sting operation carried out by agents of the Department of State Services, DSS.

“Odesanya prevailed on Wike to allow the law to take its course but the governor was adamant believing the CP was not there to make peace but to do the bidding of the APC led-federal government.

“It got to a point at the scene that all governor’s security detail were withdrawn from him by the CP,” eyewitness told OrijoReporter.

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