The highly combative Governor of Rivers State Barrister Nyesome Wike have taken exemption to a supposed non challant altitude of the Federal government to the demands of #EndSars protesters.
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has reacted to the direction of the National Economic Council, NEC that state governors should immediately establish state-based special security and human rights committee to supervise the newly formed police tactical units and all other security agencies.
In his recent reaction, the governor said the Federal Government is trivialising the demands of the ENDSARS protesters by directing state governors to take charge of Tactical Commands of the Police.
According to Wike; “State Governors cannot take charge of Tactical Commands because they cannot employ or discipline anyone.
“Now the Federal Government wants us to set up another commission of inquiry when the report of the last one we set up was not implemented.
“I acted on intelligence to ensure that #EndSARS protest in Port Harcourt was not hijacked by miscreants. If I did not support it, I would not have addressed the protesters who are demanding a change in the way the Federal Government conducts the affairs of the country.”
According to NEC, the panels, which should be chaired by a respected retired State High Court Judge, should include representatives of youths, students, civil society organizations.
The idea of the Special Security and Human Rights Committee in all states of the Federation and the FCT, according to NEC, is to ensure that police formation and other security agencies in the state consistently protect the human rights of citizens.
Members of the special committee would also include representatives of youths, and civil society, while the head of Police tactical units in each of the state would also be a member of the committee.
We are yet to see an end to this protest that have crippled major economic hub of the country. The protest has also taken some negative dimension as there are many clahes between the law enforcement officers and the protesters.