- Governor Wike has said he has no hands in the alleged killing of Igbo people in Oyigbo LGA in Rivers state by soldiers
- The Rivers state governor said he only directed “security agencies” to bring to justice to anyone caught disrupting the peace in the state
- Wike had taken the action after some suspected IPOB members allegedly killed some soldiers and police officers in the state
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has reacted to the social media claims that he ordered the military to kill Igbo residents in Oyigbo local government area of the state.
Recall that the Rivers state governor declared a 24-hour curfew in Oyigbo on Wednesday, October 21, following the outbreak of violence trailing the EndSARS protest which led to the killing of some soldiers and police officers.
After blaming the unrest on members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Wike on Wednesday, October 28, signed an executive order to enforce the ban on the group and its activities in the state.
Soldiers were reportedly deployed in the local government to prevent further breakdown of law and order, The Cable reported.
The newspaper noted that soldiers have, however, been accused of extra-judicial killings and abuse of human rights.
They are allegedly moving from house to house, killing people in the affected area.
Governor Wike, appearing on Africa Independent Television (AIT) on Monday, November 2, however, denied having any hands in the killings.
The governor said he ordered “security agencies”, not specifically the army, to bring to justice to any member of the group that disrupts the peace in the state.
“The issue of people saying I sent soldiers to Oyigbo to kill Igbo people is balderdash; It is completely a none issue. Have I even directed police one day? I have no command over the police so how will I now begin to direct the army?
“I said security agencies, I never said the military, are to make sure this ban on IPOB is maintained and that they should not allow the activities of IPOB, anywhere in any of the local governments."
The Rivers state governor said he has no regret regarding the actions he took against IPOB members in the south-south state.
In another report, Gover Wike has urged Nigerians journalists to hold government officials accountable, instead of giving them awards on the basis of “relationship or friendship”.
He stated this on Friday, October 30, when the national leadership of the Nigerian Guild of Editors visited him at the government house in Port Harcourt.
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