Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
Former Rivers State Commissioner for Power, Augustine Wokocha, has denied any involvement in the killing of policemen during the rerun elections in the state.
Mohammed Alkali, A Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and his orderly were beheaded in the Orashi region of the state during the December 10 rerun elections in the state.
Addressing journalists in the All Progressives Congress (APC) secretariat in Port Harcourt yesterday, Wokocha said he was being framed by political opponents.
His words: “Since we decided to join APC in 2013, there has been several attacks on my person and my community by those who have other political persuasions. In their desperation to prove their supremacy they recruited boys who allegedly committed several murders of many APC members.
“Many homes that were burnt are still deserted till date. Many of my kinsmen who fled for fear of these evil men are still living as refugees in other parts of the state or outside. At the last count we had lost more than two hundred party members. Today the same people who are disturbing the peace in the community and who were alleged to have masterminded some of the high profile killings are now enjoying amnesty from the PDP led state government. The story I have told is in public domain for anyone to verify.
“It is therefore condemnable that these same characters extended their dastardly acts to the law enforcement agents who came to maintain peace during the December 10th legislative re-run elections. What I find most shocking and amazing! … However, in this sad, most regrettable and ignoble act and situation, is the determination of the leadership of the mischief makers to ensure that this ‘one killing too many’ on December 10, 2016, of our dear lawmen be credited to my person.”
He said there was no iota of truth in the allegation that he was behind the killing of the policemen and called for thorough investigation.
“Let me say without equivocation that there is no iota of truth in this fabricated allegation. On the said Election Day, I was one person who conducted myself peacefully throughout the exercise against all provocation. I urge the law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate this allegation to ensure that the truth is laid bare,” he said.