I Did Not Order The Military To Kill Igbos in Oyigbo – Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has debunked reports claiming he ordered the Military to kill Igbos in the Oyigbo area of the oil-rich state. 

While insisting that members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) had destroyed properties in the area and killed people, Wike in a state broadcast on Monday, restated that the imposition of a curfew in Oyigbo was to restore order to the area.

—It Is Not True —

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

The narrative that Igbos were being killed by the Military, Wike argued, is to move attention from the nefarious activities of the pro-Biafra group in Oyigbo.

He maintained that this is not the first time the pro-Biafra group is using the area as a launching pad.

“IPOB added a new dimension this time. They killed 6 Army Officers and burnt one. They killed four Police Officers,” he explained. “They destroyed all the Police Stations and Court Buildings. What offense did we commit as a state?”

—No Relationship —

The governor added that he has “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?”

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Wike who expressed anger at IPOB’s hoisting of its flag in a school in Komkom Town vowed not to allow “criminals” to destroy Rivers State.

“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,” he warned. “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.”

Several Feared Dead In Rivers Pipeline Explosion

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A pipeline explosion in Kom Kom area of Oyigbo Local Government Area, Rivers State, has left several people feared dead.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, the pipeline exploded during a routine maintenance work by some engineers and has nothing to do with vandalism or terrorism.

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He explained that some persons stormed the area to scoop petroleum product when the explosion occurred, which led to their deaths.

Omoni added that men of the command are at the scene of the incident to ascertain the state of things and the number of casualties.

Wike Condemns Attack On Oyigbo Residents, Cautions IPOB Members

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The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has condemned the attack on residents of Oyigbo by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The Governor in a broadcast on the current security situation in the State and parts of the country reaffirmed his commitment to the corporate existence of the country.

He expressed concern over the recent activities of IPOB in the state and warned that no group will be allowed to distabilise the state under any guise of agitation.

On Monday, Some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Hausa community in Oyigbo, a local area in Rivers State were engaged in a communal clash.

Oyigbo is a border town between Rivers and Abia state and the communal clash was said to have lead to an unconfirmed number of casualties recorded and properties destroyed.

The Deputy Director, Public Relations of 6 Division Nigerian Army, Colonel Aminu Illiasu, confirmed that he received some distress calls from some residents of the Oyibgo community. who claimed that some IPOB members were unleashing mayhem in the area.

Rivers Police Rescues Kidnapped 13 Year Old Girl, UNIPORT Lecturer

Rivers police UNIPORTThe Rivers State Police Command has rescued a 13 year old girl, a lecturer and other victims who were kidnapped recently in the state.

The girl was said to have been kidnapped from her home at Egberu Afam community in Oyigbo.

The lecturer of the University of Port Harcourt was also kidnapped recently at the university’s environment.

The rescues were made known by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni during the parade of suspected members of cult groups, robbers and kidnappers in the premises of the command.

According to him, the command has also clamped down on some deadly gangs that have been terrorising Ahoada East and other communities in the state, recovering over 70 arms and ammunition in two weeks.

The Command called on residents to always give the police useful information that would lead to the apprehension of more suspects.