Governor, Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, has appealed to the Oyigbo people to assist the security agencies to flush out the “IPOB extremist” in the state. saying, there are not welcome under his watch in the state.
The governor made this statement in an interview with AIT on the crisis that led to the killing of people in Oyigbo community in Rivers State on Tuesday.
According to Wike, said, “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”, he said.
Wike restated his vow that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) will not be allowed to operate in the state.
The military is on a mission to apprehend the culprits. Troops are looking for bodies of slain soldiers.
The Rivers helmsman noted that the state was peaceful before IPOB killed six soldiers, four policemen, destroyed all the police stations and courts in Oyigbo.
“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”, he said.
Wike stressed that the only problem with Oyigbo were the activities of IPOB not Igbo people.
He, however, said that Rivers and South-East people have lived peacefully and have series of intermarried for many years.
“I see not reason, why I should harm them, it was claimed in some quarter that I hated the Igbos.” He concluded.