NAF diverted Rivers $10m armoured helicopter to Boko Haram war – Wike

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Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said two armoured helicopters worth over $10m the state gave to the to fight crude oil theft and sea piracy in the state have been diverted to fight Boko .

He warned the state will not hesitate to withdraw the gunboats he was about to present to the , Navy and Police if they were deployed for in other .

Wike stated this at the presentation of 29 operational vehicles to the police at the re-launching of the Rivers State security outfit codenamed, C.4.I, at the House, Thursday.

The in a by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri explained his administration had demonstrated its resolve to rid the state of criminality through provision of operational vehicles, gunboats and other forms of support for the security agencies.

He said, “Let the know that Rivers State gave them two armoured helicopters. The former Chief of Air Staff never wrote to thank us. Which state has done it for the in this country?

“The Rivers paid over $10m (for the armoured helicopters). We said it be used to fight oil thieves here, but ask me where are those helicopters today? The (air force) headquarters have taken it, saying they are fighting Boko . But we bought it to fight criminals here, to fight oil thieves here, but they have taken it.”

Wike said with the re- of C.4.I security outfit, the Rivers State Police Command become more proactive in fighting crime.

The disclosed that in the next few weeks the Rivers will donate more operational vehicles and equipment to the C.4.I security outfit to enhance their operations.

In addition, he said the state would give five gunboats each to Nigerian , Nigerian Navy and Police to tackle sea piracy.

“But let the gunboats remain within the territory of Rivers State. I am not here to buy gunboats for any other state. I am buying a gunboat for the of the people that do business and live in Rivers State and their property. Don’t carry our gunboat and say the Chief of Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, IG said bring the gunboat to so, so place. Every state is to protect their territory. The day I hear you take our gunboats to another state, I will collect them back,” Wike warned.