Immediate-past director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, has accused Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, of seizing and cornering property of the state for himself and his cronies.
He stated that the Wike was on a property acquisition spree, pointing out that the governor has cornered no fewer than 400 houses for himself and his cronies.
Peterside, in a statement in Port Harcourt, the state capital yesterday, described the way the property were being acquired as “ridiculous and undignified.”
He reminisced with nostalgia the agony the same Wike afflicted on some senior civil servants in 2021 when he ejected them from their official residence in the old and new Government Reserved Areas (GRAs) and other areas in Port Harcourt.
The former NIMASA boss expressed shock that the governor had converted some of those houses to his personal property, whilst others were sold-off at ridiculous market value to his friends and cronies.
Peterside said: “Wike will go down as the most greedy and covetous governor in Rivers’ history. No governor has ever shown such crave for obscene wealth in Nigeria’s history as Wike.
“Wike’s house in his village, Rumueprikom, with all luxurious appetite that includes a helipad and bullet-proof gadgets, has become the official Government House of Rivers.
“And in his unbridled lust for estate acquisition, Wike is buying-off more property, including churches, schools, and private family houses, along Ada George area of Port Harcourt, either opposite, behind, or adjacent to his palatial mansion to expand his estate.
“To intimidate his Rivers’ victims more, including the families he forced to relinquish their family legacies to him, Wike has mounted all calibre of surveillance equipment and armed security men to provide 24-hour security around his mansion.
“On top of all of that, Wike’s appetite to seize-and-acquire, like hell, is enlarging by the day. From Diete Spiff to Chibuke Rotimi Amaechi, we had governors who showed humility and never turned their private houses to Government House; they never oppressed Rivers’ people with open displays of wealth as Wike has done.”