Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike has said his administration inherited the current security challenges facing the state from the previous administration.
This is as he reiterated the determination of his administration to nip in the bud criminality, advising parents to keep their children off crime.
Wike spoke yesterday at Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church, Amadi-Ama in Okrika local government area of the state, during a thanksgiving service in honour of Ma. Patience Tam-George.
The 85-year-old Ma Tam-George, who is mother of the state commissioner of Information and Communications, Dr. Austin Tam-George, was abducted in February, 2016, by gunmen in the community, and freed six days after.
Wike, who was represented by the secretary to the state government, Hon. Kenneth Kobani, said that measures had been put in place to address the menace, and urged parents and guardians to talk to children and wards to shun violence.
In a swift reaction, the publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Senibo Chris Finebone, described the governor’s statement as lie.
Finebone said, “That is the most preposterous story to tell. Anybody who lived in Rivers State when Amaechi was governor agreed that Amaechi gave his all to fight insecurity in the state.
“It is possible that Kenneth Kobani, who had gone on self-exile, did not come down to experience quiet and secured Rivers State then.
“He never lived in Rivers State during the time Amaechi was governor. So, he (Kobani), who represented Governor Wike at that event, spoke from the angle of lack of experience.”