‘I By no means Ordered Army To Kill Igbos In Rivers’


Governor Nyesom Wike


The alleged killing of Igbos by the army was not ordered by the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, in accordance with an announcement he launched on Fb web page by means of his particular assistant on media.


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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has described the allegation that he ordered the Nigerian Military to kill Igbos in Oyigbo Native Authorities Space, as a politically motivated falsehood.


He maintained that curfew was imposed in Oyigbo to revive calm after members of proscribed Indigenous Peoples Organisations of Biafra (IPOB) killed 6 troopers, four policemen and destroyed all police stations and courtroom buildings there.


Governor Wike gave the reason on a reside tv programme in Port Harcourt on Monday.


He mentioned t1he narrative that Igbos had been being killed by the army is meant to shift consideration from the despicable actions of IPOB in Oyigbo, which is a boundary space adjoining Abia State.


“I do know that this isn’t the primary time, IPOB has used Oyigbo as launching floor. The safety companies are conscious. IPOB added a brand new dimension this time. They killed 6 Military Officers and burnt one. They killed 4 Police Officers. They destroyed all of the Police Stations and Court docket Buildings. What offense did we commit as a state?


“I imposed curfew to revive calm. I proscribed IPOB actions anyplace within the state. Remember that the Federal Authorities had declared them a terrorist group. It’s not the complete Igbos that believes in IPOB actions.


“So, it isn’t true that I order the army to kill Igbos in Oyigbo. When did I turn out to be a pal to the army? So what concerning the Igbos dwelling elsewhere within the state are in addition they being killed?”


He additional mentioned: “I’ve no relationship with the Military or the Police, I don’t command them. They alter Commissioner of Police each time. How will I start to direct the Military that I don’t give instruction”?


The Governor bemoaned IPOB’s effrontery to rename an area authorities within the State and hoist its flag in a public faculty in Komkom City.

“I cannot fold my arms and watch criminals destroy my state, if these few criminals are Igbos then they need to know that I cannot permit them. They made try and rename an area authorities in my state. That alone is a sign. I cannot conform to that. I do know who’s doing all these; who has instructed them to rise, protest towards Wike.”


The Governor said that the State authorities has no remorse towards its stance on IPOB, already designated as a terrorist organisation by the Federal Authorities. In keeping with him, even the South-East Governors have by no means supported IPOB and questioned why a Governor from the Niger Delta ought to tolerate the group.


He revealed that safety companies throughout their search of some residents in Oyigbo, noticed shrines with IPOB flags and Nnamdi Kanu’s image. He maintained that if IPOB is allowed to function from Oyigbo, they may quickly overrun the State.

The Governor mentioned the federal government has commenced strikes to exchange all of the property destroyed by the group through the protest, regretting that the injury have left enormous monetary burden on the state. As well as, he mentioned the State has determined to compensate every household of the killed safety personnel with 20 million Naira to cater to for the welfare of the bereaved widows and their kids.


He additional mentioned that the EndSARS protest and its aftermath would have been averted if the Federal Authorities had not dismissed the alarmed he earlier raised on the actions of SARS to mere politics.


“These loses of the aftermath of the protest are unlucky. Recall that we began the cry towards operations of SARS. We requested for reform. However they politicised the problem as a result of they use it to kill and intimidate us.


“Right here, the minister all the time used SARS to trigger mayhem beneath the management of Akin Fakorede. We suffered an ideal deal. At a time, the complete Nationwide Meeting Election was cancelled. However we put religion in God who owns the state. We triumphed ultimately”, he mentioned.


Kelvin Ebiri

Particular Assistant (Media) to the Governor.

November 02, 2020.

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