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Army accuses Wike of trying to bribe military chief

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The Nigerian army has accused the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, of making attempt to bribe a military chief because of the 2019 general elections.

The state government has denied the accusation, saying the military was rather trying to divert attention from the “atrocities they are committing in Rivers because of the elections”.

The army in a statement issued on the Election Day said, “It is indeed no secret to the military authorities that Governor Wike has on various occasions made attempts to compromise the integrity of the GOC 6 Division, Maj Gen Jamil Sarham.

“Having failed, despite series of overtures and monetary pledges of millions of dollars, both in person and from cronies, it is no surprise that the frustrated Governor has resorted to this appalling campaign of calumny.”

The statement was issued by the acting spokesperson of the army, Sagir Musa.

The statement was in response to an allegation that the army attempted to assassinate the Rivers governor, Mr Wike.

“The Nigerian Army does not train assassins, as such the institution or her personnel cannot be involved in sending assassins to murder a state governor as alleged by Gov Nyesom Wike,” the army said.

The army, which said it was neutral in the nation’s elections, challenged the governor to prove his allegations against it within seven days or “he could as well, save face and keep his peace”.

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