Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has chastised the Nigerian Air Force for failing to show appreciation to the state government for purchasing two armoured helicopters for them.
Wike reported that the state government had given the Nigerian Air Force armoured helicopters worth over $10 million to combat crude oil theft and sea piracy in the state, but that they had been diverted to fight Boko Haram.
The governor stated this at the re-launch of the defunct C4i, a security architecture put in place by the previous administration to fight insecurity in Rivers State.
“In pursuit of our desire to ensure the safety of lives and property in Rivers State, we today re-launched Rivers State’s security outfit tagged C4I,” the Governor said, adding that hoodlums ambushing police officers and carting away their weapons should be a thing of the past.
His words, “Personnel of the outfit which comprises 400 policemen and 200 civil defence personnel have in the last month been specially trained in relevant skills to ensure they carry out their duty efficiently.
“Let the Nigerian Air Force know that the Rivers State Government gave them two armoured helicopters. The former Chief of Air Staff never wrote to thank us. Which state has done it for Nigerian Air Force in this country? Not one. Even while he was former Chief of Air Staff, he never came here to thank us. But he was using our own armoured helicopter,” he said.