Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, has denied that there is extra-judicial killings of IPOB members going on in the Oyigbo area but said the state government would meet over alleged massacre.
The governor said this on Tuesday in an AIT interview on the situation in Oyigbo, saying, “the story of house to house killings in Oyigbo is false but as a further measure, we have called for a Security Council meeting to review the security situation in Oyigbo.”
Wike restated his vow that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) will not be allowed to operate in the state.
According to Mr. Wike, the state was peaceful before IPOB killed six soldiers, four policemen, destroyed all the police stations and courts in Oyigbo.
He said, “IPOB went on to attack the Hausas and I called for the curfew when it was degenerating into a tribal conflict. Everybody knows if there is one person the military doesn’t like, it is me. But that the Army doesn’t like me doesn’t mean I shouldn’t speak the truth. Nobody has criticized the Police or Army more than me but you don’t go and kill them and expect me to tell you well done.
“Saying I sent soldiers to Oyigbo to kill Igbo people is nonsense because I have no relationship with the Army and can’t command the Army, I can’t even command the police much more to direct the Army. What I said and still maintain is that security agencies should maintain the ban on IPOB. No sane govt would sit back and encourage the kind of destruction they carried out.”
Wike stressed that the only problem with Oyigbo were the activities of IPOB not Igbo people.
The governor recalled that Rivers and South-East people have lived peacefully and intermarried for many years.
Wike appealed to Oyigbo people to assist in flushing out “IPOB extremists” among them.