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If not that you enjoy immunity, you would have been summoned to prove your allegation, FG tells Wike


The Federal Government has dismissed an alarm raised by Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, that he is being targeted for elimination by state authorities.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, dismissed Wike’s claims when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council’s meeting held Wednesday at the presidential villa, Abuja.

Mohammed said that if not because the Governor enjoyed immunity from prosecution, ”he would have been summoned by relevant security agency to prove the allegation”.

Wike had on Sunday claimed that the Federal Government was plotting to assassinate him in a crowd and claim accidental discharge as the cause.

The Governor said this at the third year anniversary thanksgiving service of the Wike administration at Living Faith Church in D-Line, Port Harcourt on Sunday.

The minister, however, condemned the allegation, adding that Wike was only enjoying the privilege of being a serving Governor.

“I think one of the beauties of being a Governor is that you enjoy immunity from prosecution and arrest.

“I remember a couple of years ago when I made similar allegations I was invited to Force Headquarters.’’

Fayemi’s resignation

On the planned resignation of Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, from the Federal Executive Council following his emergence as APC candidate for Ekiti governorship elections, Mohammed said he was not fully aware of such plan.

“I think I read it just like you that he will resign this week. If he did say so today is just Wednesday I think we still have the rest of the week to see if he will resign.

“But I think really he is the best person that can speak on it,’’ he added.