By Nwangwu Uba
For years there have been rumour making the rounds that top military personnel have been involved in bunkering activities in the Niger Delta ,thus making it difficult for the Nigerian Naval personnel in the Eastern Naval Command and the various military Task Force that had been set up by past and present government to contain the activities of the Blunderers in the region.
Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state may have taken advantage of his frosty relationship between him and Jamil Sarham, a Major General and the General Officer Commanding the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt, Rivers state to open up on as a Bunkerer, which should give President Muhammadu Buhari a cause for concern.
An aggrieved Wike, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, governor of Rivers state, had told Akinjide Akirinade, a Rear Admiral, the Commander of the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe that the Army GOC is ”doing illegal bunkering to raise money to finance his quest to emerge as the country’s next Chief of Army Staff, CAS, if the President finally drops Tukur Buratai, a Lt. General and Chief of Army Staff and other Service Chiefs.
According to him, he has his own team that is making good money for him through bunkering. The governor described him as a mole , noting that after every security meeting in the state ”he will release the decisions taken at the meeting to the criminal elements to know how to evade security operatives on patrol of Nigerian water Ways under the control of the Eastern Naval Command.
He fears that that if Sarham eventually emerges as the country’s CAS, for the good job he did for the All Progressive Congress, APC, leadership in the state, with the active support of the Presidency to rig him out in the last governorship election and install an unpopular Candidate in the state he will compromise the security of the nation. The Army Chief came to plot Coup to impose an unpopular Candidate in the state allegedly supported by Rotimi Amaechi, a former governor of the state and minister of Transportation but was resisted by the people, he had said.
The Rivers governor may have gotten wind from his security sources that the Army GOC, has been tipped by the Katsina born Nigerian born Nigerian President and had to use use every available incrimination about him to stop it before the President ahead to announce his name as his next CAS. Amaechi may have alluded to this when he said that his major problem with Wike, the Rivers state governor, was his declaration to run for a second term in office in the 2019 , general election. The former governor had sponsored Tonye Cole, an Oil magnate, as the governor Candidate of the APC, but internal crisis within the party , forced the Supreme Court to nullify the party list of Candidates for the election including Cole , the governorship Candidate.
This may have informed the reason why the minister threw his weight behind Awara Biokpamabo, , the African Action Congress, AAC, governorship Candidate in the state using Federal might to impose him on the state. The governor had considered the action of the former Rivers state governor and his military Collaborators laughable as the party he was promoting has no elected Candidate from the state in the National Assembly and the state House of Assembly and wondered how the party will win the state governorship election without protest from the people of the state.
Wike was said to have told the Naval Chief Task Force Commander that if Army GOC had done the right thing in the state he will support
Sarham, the Army Major
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This may not be the first time that the Rivers governor had come into