Rivers: Enter Fubara’s private army
The news of how youths from different parts of Port Harcourt truncated the planned arrest of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Siminialayi Fubara, by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) last Tuesday, is still trending.
The drama took place at the International Airport as the plane that brought Fubara and other PDP chieftains who had accompanied him to Abuja to receive his certificate of return touched down.
Eye witness accounts claimed that as the operatives moved to accost him, youths described as political thugs by some commentators, fiercely resisted the officials.
Fubara, former Accountant General of the state and three other top government officials had been declared wanted by the EFCC over alleged N117 billion fraud.
After the airport show, the candidate, still heavily guarded by the band of youths, proceeded to the state party secretariat where he addressed supporters and stakeholders.
Sentry gathered that since that day, the man does not go anywhere without this army of youths following him in buses and pick-ups, to provide security.
These youths have emerged as Fubara’s new private army as Sentry observed that no other team of security operatives are now seen in his entourage as he moves across the state campaigning ahead of the 2023 general elections.