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Wike, Fubara embrace in Aso Rock, as Tinubu presides over Police Council meeting

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Amidst growing political tension in Rivers State, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike was sighted in warm embrace with Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers, at the Presidential Villa, on Tuesday, at the Police Council meeting Presided over by President Bola Tinubu.

The Police Council meeting attended by Governors of the 36 States of the Federation, is amongst others one of the statutory bodies with the responsibilities of confirming appointment of the Inspector General of Police ( IGP), amongst others.

The Rivers state Governor and his estranged godfather who is incumbent Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyison Wike met at the meeting for the first time at the State House, Abuja, since the crises became public on Sunday.

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The event in the State House is the National Police Council currently being presided over by President Bola Tinubu.

The relationship between Governor Fubara, and his predecessor, Wike reportedly became sour over appointments of important aides, including Commissioners.

Unconfirmed report indicates that the former Governor was accused of ” imposing” appointees on the incumbent Governor, which is believed to be the genesis of the brewing political crises in the State.

The crises between Fubara and Wike is said to have led to moves by 24 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly to impeach Governor Fubara resulting in turbulence in the state on Monday, as the governor’s loyalists stormed the assembly complex in protest against the plot.

This came after the bombing of the state House of Assembly located along Moscow Road in Port Harcourt by suspected arsonists on Sunday. A section of the chamber was damaged, and some properties were destroyed.

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Preying Journalists, especially photo journalists where however prevented from taking photographs by overzealous security men.

Some of the state governors who attended the close door event are Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Dapo Abiodun- (Ogun), Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Abdullahi Abba (Kano) and Bassey Ottu (Cross River).

Before they went into a closed door, some of the governors including Wike, Nuhu Ribadu, National Security Adviser (NSA) and Solomon Arase, Chairman, Police Service Commission ( PSC), were sighted as they engaged in an aside discussion while others engaged in exchanging of banters.

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In the ensuing development, Wike later proceeded to shake hands and briefly exchange pleasantries with Governor Fubara after he had disengaged from the NSA.