Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says his administration will stop at nothing to defend the former Governor of the state, Dr. Peter Odili and members of the family.
The Governor said this during a thanksgiving service on Sunday organised by the new Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Simeon Amadi at his home church, Saint Philips Anglican Church, Elibrada in Emohua Local Government Area to celebrate his appointment.
Dr. Odili was the Governor of Rivers State from 1999 – 2007.
His wife, Mary, a Supreme Court Justice, has been at the centre of a controversial siege on her Abuja home which occurred in October, attracting wild condemnation from Rivers elders led by Governor Wike and the Nigerian Bar Association among others.
While addressing the congregation, Governor Wike noted that Dr. Odili deserves all the support from his administration because he speaks the truth and encourages political inclusiveness in Rivers State.
Meanwhile, 14 persons have been arrested in connection with the siege, the police said on Thursday.
Some of the suspects include a fake Chief Superintendent of Police, Lawrence Ajodo; a contributing editor with one of the national dailies, Stanley Nkwazema, and an Islamic scholar.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, paraded the suspects in Abuja and explained that their arrest followed a swift investigation by the police.
At least 10 more persons linked with the incident including two military personnel are at large, the police spokesman added.
“We think that there is an attempt to assassinate Justice Mary Odili, the husband and members of the family, there are no two ways about it. If they had succeeded, all the Federal Government would have told us (is that) we will get to the bottom of the matter because that has always been the normal language,” Wike had said during a press conference in Abuja on October 31.
“The issue here has nothing to do with the Attorney General, we are happy he said he is not aware. We said, okay since you are not aware, we are giving you 48 hours to tell us who is responsible.”