IPOB: Nigerian Army intensifies siege in Rivers state LGA
- The Oyigbo local government area of Rivers state is still under siege
- This was after suspected IPOB members murdered six soldiers and four policemen in the LGA
- The Nigerian Army is on a mission to fish out the culprits and recover weapons stolen from the deceased operatives
- Recall that Governor Wike had signed an executive order to legally proscribe IPOB in Rivers state
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Following the death of six soldiers and four policemen at Oyigbo area of Rivers state, troops have intensified siege in the local government.
The operatives who were murdered by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) also had their rifles taken away, the spokesman for the 6 Division, Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt, Maj. Charles Ekeocha confirmed.
In a report by The Nation, the Nigerian Army insisted that it would continue its operation in the area until all stolen rifles are recovered as well as fishing out those involved in the act.
The newspaper publication citing sources said Oyigbo became a ghost town immediately after the military began its operation to smoke out IPOB members and recover its stolen riffles.
The source went on to note that residents were living in fear as soldiers blocked all the exit routes in the council.
It was gathered that soldiers, in order to enforce the 24-hour curfew imposed on Oyingbo by the state government, maintained constant patrols of the council.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Wike signed an executive order to reinforce the ban on IPOB and its activities in the state.
The governor announced this on Wednesday night, October 28, via a statewide broadcast, according to the statement released through his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri.
Wike maintained that while Rivers state remains the home to all tribes and ethnic nationalities, the government is opposed to the presence and activities of the legally proscribed IPOB and whatever it stands for.
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Meanwhile, Wike announced the donation of N20 million each to families of soldiers and policemen allegedly killed by members of IPOB.
During his condolence visit to the state police headquarters where some of the families of the slain soldiers and policemen were invited, Governor Wike promised to provide the sum as compensation to each of the families.
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