My Father And I Were Arrested, Charged For Murder – Wike

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Obuah Hails Wike's Efforts on Security in Rivers
Obuah Hails Wike's Efforts on Security in Rivers

Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State, recently recounted a chieftaincy struggle in his village that resulted in his father, uncle, siblings, and himself being arrested and detained on fabricated murder charges.

He said this while praising the accomplishments of Emmanuel C. Ukala, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, during his 65th birthday party in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Tuesday night.

This information was contained in a statement released by the governor’s media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, and made available to journalists.

During the chieftaincy crisis, Wike and his family were dismissed and exonerated thanks to Ukala’s participation as their primary attorney.

“There was a time that the entire family was charged for murder. Every male was taken away. We only had women left in the house with children between the ages of one and five. As at that time, I was reading law at the then Rivers State University of Science and Technology, now Rivers State University,” he stated.

Governor Wike revealed that the legal luminary, with whom he worked after graduating from the Nigerian Law School, took his family’s suffering extremely personally and did all in his power to ensure that they received justice.

Wike stated that when he announced his desire to run for chairman of the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area in 1998, several ruthless politicians in his area banded together and colluded with the police to frame him for armed robbery.

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According to him, Ukala not only intervened and obtained his release, but also defended him in court, all the way to the Supreme Court, when certain entrenched interests in the council frantically tried to prevent him from being sworn in as the chairman of the Obio-Akpor council.

The governor added, “Throughout my chairmanship matter in 1998, when we had election down to April 4, 2000, when Supreme Court finally decided my matter, he (Ukala) never took a dime, one Naira.”

Governor Wike revealed that when the Rivers State election petition tribunal invalidated the 2015 gubernatorial election, which he won comfortably, he called some attorneys to represent him in the issue, who sought a legal cost of between N300 and N600 million. He was granted free legal assistance when he approached Ukala, whom he characterized as a mentor.

“Then my governorship election, most people may not believe it, from governorship tribunal down to Supreme Court, he never collected one dime,” Wike stated.

Governor Wike praised Ukala for being a great mentor to him and his wife when they first started their legal business in Port Harcourt, describing him as a sophisticated and disciplined lawyer.

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