I Never Ordered Military To Kill Igbos In Oyigbo – Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike
I Never Ordered Military To Kill Igbos In Oyigbo - Wike - Vantage News Nigeria
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has denied allegations that he ordered the military to kill Igbos in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state.

Describing it as a politically motivated falsehood, Wike maintained that curfew was imposed in Oyigbo to restore calm after members of the state proscribed Indigenous Peoples Organisations of Biafra (IPOB) allegedly killed 6 soldiers, 4 policemen and destroyed all police stations and court buildings there.

Governor Wike gave the explanation on a live television programme in Port Harcourt on Monday.

He said, “I know that this is not the first time, IPOB has used Oyigbo as launching ground. The security agencies are aware. IPOB added a new dimension this time. They killed 6 Army Officers and burnt one. They killed four Police Officers. They destroyed all the Police Stations and Court Buildings. What offense did we commit as a state?

“I imposed curfew to restore calm. I proscribed IPOB activities anywhere in the state. Don’t forget that the Federal Government had declared them a terrorist group. It is not the entire Igbos that believes in IPOB activities.

“So, it’s not true that I order the military to kill Igbos in Oyigbo. When did I become a friend to the military? So what about the Igbos living elsewhere in the state are they also being killed?”

Wike also stated that he has no relationship with the Army or the police in the country, adding that he cannot fold his arms and allow anarchy in the state he controls.

“I have no relationship with the Army or the Police, I do not command them. They change Commissioner of Police every time. How will I begin to direct the Army that I do not give instruction?”

“I will not fold my arms and watch criminals destroy my state, if those few criminals are Igbos then they should know that I will not allow them. They made attempt to rename a local government in my state. That alone is a signal. I will not agree to that. I know who is doing all these; who has told them to rise, protest against Wike,” he said.

Wike stated that the State government has no regret against its stance on IPOB, already designated as a terrorist organisation by the Federal Government.

According to him, even the South-East Governors have never supported IPOB and wondered why a Governor from the Niger Delta should tolerate the group.

Wike, who revealed that security agencies during their search of some residents in Oyigbo, saw shrines with IPOB flags and Nnamdi Kanu’s picture, maintained that if IPOB is allowed to operate from Oyigbo, they will soon overrun the State.

He added, “These loses of the aftermath of the protest are unfortunate. Recall that we started the cry against operations of SARS. We asked for reform. But they politicised the issue because they use it to kill and intimidate us.

“Here, the minister always used SARS to cause mayhem under the leadership of Akin Fakorede. We suffered a great deal. At a time, the entire National Assembly Election was cancelled. But we put faith in God who owns the state. We triumphed eventually.”

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