Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has described the allegation that he ordered the Nigerian Army to kill Igbos in Oyigbo Government Area, 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 soldiers, 4 policemen and destroyed all police stations and court buildings there.
Governor Wike gave the reason for a live television program in Port Harcourt on Monday. He said that the narrative that Igbos were being killed by the military is meant to shift attention from the despicable activities of IPOB in Oyigbo.
“I know that this is often not the primary time, IPOB has used Oyigbo as launching ground. the safety agencies are aware. IPOB added a replacement dimension at this point. They killed 6 Army Officers and burnt one. They killed four cops.
They destroyed all the Police Stations and Court Buildings. What offense did we commit as a state?
“I imposed a curfew to revive calm. I proscribed IPOB activities anywhere within the state. Don’t forget that the federal had declared them a terrorist organization. it’s not the whole 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 lover of the military? So what about the Igbos living elsewhere within the state are they also being killed?”
The Governor bemoaned IPOB’s effrontery to rename an area government within the State and hoist its flag during a public school in Komkom Town.
The Governor stated that the government has no regret against its stance on IPOB, already designated as a terrorist organisation by the federal.
consistent with him, even the South-East Governors haven’t supported IPOB and wondered why a Governor from the Niger Delta should tolerate the group.
He revealed that security agencies during their search of some residents in Oyigbo, saw shrines with IPOB flags and Nnamdi Kanu’s picture.
He maintained that if IPOB is allowed to work from Oyigbo, they’re going to soon overrun the State.
He further said that the EndSARS protest and its aftermath would are averted if the federal had not dismissed the alarm he earlier raised on the activities of SARS to mere politics.