Amaechi jogs along Abuja street with police escorts despite lack of police presence in many communities (Video)

Amaechi jogs along Abuja street with police escorts despite lack of police presence in many communities (Video)

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday, May 13, was recorded in a video going on a job with a retinue of police orderlies.

This was coming at a time whereby many communities across the country are being unpoliced due to incessant attacks on facilities and personnel.

The most recent attack occurred with the police authorities in Akwa Ibom State; stating they have so far lost 21 officers due to gun attacks in the state.

The commissioner of police in the state, Amiengheme Andrew, disclosed this on Monday; while briefing Governor Udom Emmanuel who visited the police headquarters in the state to condole with the families of the slain officers; and the police over the loss.

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Mr Andrew also informed the governor that the police in the state lost 11 vehicles; and seven firearms in the various attacks.

Mr Emmanuel, who visited the police headquarters immediately after the State Executive Council meeting; announced a donation of N60 million to the families of the slain officers.

Meanwhile, Amaechi debunked allegations that he insisted that two Chinese companies be selected by the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) to manage Bonny and Warri channels.

He made the denial in a statement by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, in response to reports on the $1.5 billion channel contracts.

Ajani held that malicious people who wanted to dent the image of Amaechi sponsored the report.

The minister said he only insisted that the contract be done in-house; instead of the humongous amount paid to contractors yearly for dredging.

He explained that the channel management contracts had been routinely awarded, over the years; by NPA at a cost of between N50 billion and N60 billion.

“The panel has been charged to be fair and equitable in its deliberations; and will certainly ensure that the primary purpose of the enquiry is the promotion of the principles of transparency; and accountability which are strongly espoused in the present political dispensation,” the statement added.



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