The running battle between Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the Department of State Security Services (DSS) is not fizzling out soon.
Indications emerged Wednesday that the troubled Governor had also been fingered in another plot to allegedly destabilize the Buhari administration. This is as a group of lawyers gathered in Abuja on Monday to protest the incarceration of their members and demand the sack of the the DSS boss, Lawal Daura.
In apparent reference to Wike, top goons of the agency alleged that a certain governor of one of the South-south states, once fingered in sponsoring violent protests against the government, was also indirectly involved in the Monday protests by Lawyers in Defence of Democracy.
The revelations made Wednesday at a confidential briefing in Abuja claimed that the Monday protests had a hidden agenda.
A DSS source said, “They represent a familiar pattern from Ikenga, who is being sponsored by a South-South governor to orchestrate violent demonstration to paint security agencies and government in bad light.
“The Monday protest by the so called Lawyers in Defence of Democracy was misplaced. We believe that that protest by the group, claiming to be acting on behalf of some aggrieved lawyers and Human Rights activists, has other hidden motives.
“The protesters’ main grouse was that some lawyers who are members of their group are being detained by the DSS. I wish to state categorically that no lawyer is in our custody. I repeat, no lawyer is being detained in DSS custody.”
He added, “The names like Ugochukwu Apumaga, Emeka Dibia and Ejike Nwachukwu that were paraded on Monday by the protesters as members of their group are not lawyers.
“They were arrested by the service for their role in the botched moves by a South-South Governor to orchestrate violent demonstration with inciting and subversive posters.
“The entire campaign of calumny and calls for the resignation of the DG DSS are not supported with facts.”
Beyond the Wike-DSS face-off, analysts contend that at the heart of the struggle is the desire of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), to dominate the state, a fact once publicly declared by the party chairman, John Oyegun.
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