A member of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Rivers State, Mr. Ihuanne John has revealed why he was allegedly assaulted by security aides attached to the convoy of the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
Ihuanne, who is a native of Umudioga in Emohua Local Government Area of the state, but resides in Rumuola of Obio/Akpor L.G.A, gave this revelation in an exclusive interview with TNN in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the crime he committed which led to him being brutalised was for coming out to cheer the governor up, and affirming that he voted for Wike.
He assured that aside joining the crowd that besieged the governor during his inspection tour of the on-going Rumuola flyover project on July 22, 2021 to drum his followership and support for the governor, he did not do anything to warrant the maltreatment he received.
Ihuanne explained that “I was actually sitting outside with a friend when we saw enormous crowd running towards a particular side of the road, we gathered that governor was around inspecting the on-going Rumuola flyover project, we all joined the crowd, there were so many people, we went round just as every other person, we got to a particular point where we now stood and there was a man in front of us walking towards the aide of the governor, that’s the police men, so they now asked him to step back, so he stepped back, he was now like, I am not joining you people, I am only trying to cheer up my governor because we voted for him, I said yes, truly we voted for him.
“So immediately I said yes we voted for him, the other man, one of the aide, that’s security personnel attached to the governor quickly rushed me and brushed me on the floor and started hitting me, about two or three of them came, they were hitting me with both their guns, I have injuries all over my body, even my back bone, they hit me with a very big stick, that was my state, that was how I saw everything.
“I don’t even know what my crime is, neither did they tell me after brutalizing me, even one leg of my slippers they left with it, I don’t know where my slippers is, I don’t know what they are doing with it but they are with it. It happened in Rumuola, front of Peace Park, it’s not a hidden fact, if you go there and ask, people will gladly air their mind and tell you yes it occurred because it happened in broad day, it’s not a hidden thing.”