Governor Wike Says IPOB Is A Terrorist Group, Signs Executive Order Proscribing It

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IPOB during a protest
Governor Wike Says IPOB Is A Terrorist Group, Signs Executive Order Proscribing It - Vantage News Nigeria
IPOB during a protest

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has signed an executive order proscribing the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in the state.

Wike, who described the group as a terrorist organisation, also banned all its activities in the state.

In a statement released by the Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Kelvin Ebiri, Wike maintained that the state is the home to all tribes and ethnic nationalities in the country.

Wike through the statement revealed that his government is opposed to the presence and activities of the “legally-proscribed and anarchic IPOB and whatever it stands for in Rivers”

He added that IPOB is a terrorist group which existence, creed, mission and activities are strongly denounced by the Government and peoples of the South-Eastern states of the country.

The Governor directed security agencies and the chairmen of local government areas to fish out and resolutely deal with any member of IPOB found in any community following the executive order and other legal instruments.

The statement read in parts, “the state government is opposed to the presence and activities of the legally-proscribed and anarchic IPOB and whatever it stands for in Rivers State.

“And so, let it be understood that we have nothing against all or any specific tribe and will continue to live in peace with people of all other tribal extractions residing or doing business in Rivers State.

“But we have everything against the presence and activities of the legally-proscribed IPOB and whatever that group stands for in Rivers State.

“This is clearly a terrorist group which existence, creed, mission and activities are strongly denounced even by the Government and peoples of the South-Eastern states of the country.

“I have, therefore, signed the executive order to reinforce the total ban on IPOB and its activities in Rivers State or any part thereof and nothing will stop us from enforcing this ban in its entirety.”

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