By Ogbolu George

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Austin Tam-George, the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, has disclosed that Governor Nyesom Wike survived five assassination attempts in 11 months.

He made the revelation in a statement released on Monday.

George said the recent denials by the Police that the governor’s life was at risk was callous and insensitive.

”It is no secret that the APC government declared war on the government and people of Rivers State, soon after the party lost the governorship litigation at the Supreme Court in 2016,” he said.

The Commissioner said that the first attempt to kill Wike was made immediately after the Supreme Court verdict.

Tam-George said Wike’s Chief Security Officer was removed without any explanation, and that the six police officers dismissed by the Police in January this year played a key role in foiling the series of attempts to kill the governor.

N150 million offer

He disclosed that after several attempts to assassinate Wike failed, an offer of N150 million was made to two of the six dismissed police officers, to directly kill the governor, but that the officers refused the offer.

”We call on the Interpol and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to lead an independent inquiry into why those gallant and patriotic officers were dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force, on spurious charges of misconduct,” the commissioner said.