He has however, urged the new CP, Friday Eboka to shun politics and stay within his professional mandate to fight crime without fear or favour.
The governor gave the charge on Friday when the new CP visited him on Friday.
The governor had last week blasted the Inspector-General of police for posting Eboka to the state, noting that it is very disappointing that the IGP will compromise competence in posting a Commissioner of Police to Rivers State because a favour seeking politician had approached him for such patronage.
But receiving the new CP in Government House, Wike urged police officers to be professional and not abandon their duties of doing their best in protecting life and property for any other interest.
He added that nobody should be above the law and if any criminal is arrested, such a person should be charged to court not even a politician demands such favour.
“I will never come to you to say Mr CP go and do what is illegal. I will never come to you to say so and so the person is my friend, he was arrested for kidnapping, so release him. In fact, I’ll even say take him away,” he said.
The governor said;
“Because if I support the person who is kidnapping, it may be my turn tomorrow, I won’t always be governor. So, whatever you can do with your team, please I beg you in the name of God, provide security. Don’t come here and play politics.”
The governor said he is not unmindful that some persons may have recommended him to be posted to Rivers State, but admonished the CP to let his conscience guide him.
Governor Wike observed that the level of kidnapping in the State has increased because the immediate past CP, Joseph Mukan abandoned his duty and was hobnobbing with non-state recognised chiefs.
“The level of kidnapping has gone high in society. Your former colleague abandoned the job and was being deceived by some people who feign that they are traditional rulers. It’s most unfortunate that the former CP will be going to traditional rulers to be hosting him. It’s a shame. Now, Nigerians don’t have confidence anymore in security agents,” Wike said.
The governor disclosed to the CP how a man who is supposed to be a police officer, dressed in mufti and armed with AK 47 harassed his convoy while he was on inspection of the new Rivers State legislative residential quarters on Thursday.
Governor Wike noted that innocent citizens are killed needlessly by such policemen and asked the new CP to rid the police of such bad elements and ensure sanity is restored.
“Yesterday (Thursday), I was going out for inspection. We saw one guy carrying Ak47, not in police uniform. He was on mufti, blocking us from Waterlines Junction when we went to inspect the Rivers State Assembly’s quarters on-going project. We moved on to inspect the Speaker’s residence project, and the man was still following us. So, the security wondered what’s going on and stopped him.”
In his speech, the new Commissioner of Police to Rivers State, Friday Eboka said he has dissolved the E-Crack team of the State Police Command because of the uncanny report against it and redeployed the officers to other units.
He told the governor that he needs an effective synergy with all stakeholders, especially the Rivers state government to succeed on his mission of crime-fighting.