- Southeast governors have held a meeting with Governor Wike over IPOB activities in Rivers state
- The governors alleged that IPOB’s plan is to cause trouble in Nigeria
- Governor David Umahi said IPOB does not have the backing of Igbo leaders
Governors from the Southeast zone have accused a proscribed group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), of trying to spark another civil war in Nigeria.
The governors made the accusation on Sunday night, November 8, after holding a meeting with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.
The chairman of the southeast governors’ forum, David Umahi, who spoke on behalf of the governors, warned Igbo people to beware of IPOB members.
He said they decided to visit Rivers state to verify the claims on social media alleging the killing of Igbo people in the state.
Umahi stated that their visit to the state has shown that the claims of Igbos being killed in Rivers were false.
The Ebonyi governor called on Igbos to distance themselves from IPOB. He said Igbo leaders were opposed to the stance by IPOB.
Meanwhile, 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.
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.
In another report, 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 IPOB also had their rifles taken away, the spokesman for the 6 Division, Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt, Maj. Charles Ekeocha confirmed.
Sources said Oyigbo became a ghost town immediately after the military began its operation to smoke out IPOB members and recover its stolen riffles.
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