The Rivers State Government has said it was not helpless in its continuous call for the redeployment of the Commander of the Special Anti Robbery Squad in the State, CSP Akin Fakorede.
The State’s Commissioner for Information, Emma Okah while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, however, said the state government will not relent in its call for Fakorede to be removed.
Okah called the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to the activities of SARS in Rivers, accusing it of distracting governance in the State.
The Information Commissioner also noted that the state government had enormous evidence to show that the SARS Commander was working for the interest of the All Progressives Congress to create a crisis situation and scare aware investors from Rivers state.
According to Okah, “It is on record that since 2015, the Rivers State Government has been making calls for the investigation of the activities of SARS and the sanctioning of its Commander in Rivers State but all that fell on deaf ears.
“Rivers State Government had accused him and his men of organized election rigging, extra judicial killings, armed robbery, kidnapping, extortion, planting of incrimination evidence on innocent people or their property, illegal arrest and detention, inhuman and degrading treatment of innocent people and rape. We still stand on those allegations and with all sense of responsibility; many of them have increased in intensity.
“Above all, Rivers State Government insists that Mr Akin Fakorede is running the armed wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State and his mission is to do two things.
“Firstly is to rig the last rerun elections in favour of the APC which he has achieved successfully. Secondly, he is to perfect his strategy to rig the 2019 general elections in Rivers State in favour of his party and against the will of the people.
“In preparation for his second assignment, he is to use SARS to disorganize the security architecture of the Rivers State and foist an atmosphere of crime infestation and continuously cause security disorder until the 2019 elections when he will do his final assignment and deliver APC at all cost, no matter the number of people who may be killed in the process. We dare say that Mr Akin Fakorede is a deeply biased police officer whose continued stay in the police or in Rivers State is a grave source of danger to the Nation, moreso when his bias is laced with political and monetary consideration.”