‘Wike Responsible for Murder of DPO Bako,’ Lawmaker Boma Goodhead Alleges


A member of the House of Representatives, Boma Goodhead, has alleged that the minister of FCT, Nyesom Wike, was behind the brutal killing of a senior police officer in Rivers State in September.

Ms Goodhead, who represents Akuku/ Asari Toru Federal Constituency, made the accusation in a video that was circulated by some political analysts on X on Friday.

She was part of a protest against the recent political crisis in the state, which has pitted the incumbent governor, Simi Fubara, against his predecessor, Mr Wike.

She called on Tinubu to summon Mr Wike and hold him accountable for the murder of Bako Angbashim, a superintendent of police who was the divisional police officer of Ahoada West Local Government Area.

“They are for the murder of DPO Bako, I can attest to that fact,” she said, referring to Mr Wike and his allies.

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She did not provide any concrete evidence to support her claim, but said she was ready to testify before the State Security Service (SSS), which she urged to investigate the matter.

She also described Mr Wike as a major menace to the peace and security of Rivers state.

“I will say more when we have involved the DSS, Nyesom Wike,” she added.

Reports suggest that Mr Angbashim was slain on September 8 while leading a raid on a notorious criminal den in the Odemude community.

He and his men were ambushed by a feared cult group headed by a man known as Okpara.

A fierce gun battle ensued and Mr Angbashim was taken hostage. The cultists beheaded him and recorded their gruesome act.

Subsequently, the police launched a massive manhunt for the culprits and announced that some suspects have been arrested and are being interrogated.

Ms Goodhead, however, has insisted that Mr Wike and some others were culpable for the crime, despite the lack of any direct proof linking them to it.

Mr Wike is yet to respond to the allegation.

The allegation comes amid a tense political situation in Rivers state, where Governor Fubara is trying to assert his independence from Mr Wike, who is now a minister.

The state has witnessed the defection of some lawmakers, the resignation of some commissioners and the destruction of the State House of Assembly building.

The main source of the conflict is the strained relationship between Fubara and Wike.