Nyesom Wike,Rivers State Governor has denied ordering the Military to kill Igbos in the Oyigbo,dismissing the reports as being politically motivated.
Oyigbo is a predominantly Igbo settlement in Rivers State.
Recent reports indicate that Oyigbo has been overrun by soldiers who have been fishing for members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)–the Nnamdi Kanu-led secessionist group that has been declared a terrorist organisation by the federal government.
In a state broadcast he made on Monday, Wike insisted that the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) destroyed properties in the area and killed people and that the imposition of curfew in Oyigbo was to restore order to the area.
“So, it’s not true that I ordered the military to kill Igbos in Oyigbo. When did I become a friend to the Military?” the former Minister of Education wondered. “So what about the Igbos living elsewhere in the state are they also being killed?”
He maintained that this was not the first time that the pro-Biafra group was using the area as a launching pad.
“IPOB added a new dimension this time. They killed 6 Army Officers and burnt one. They killed four Police Officers,” he explained. “They destroyed all the Police Stations and Court Buildings. What offense did we commit as a state?”
The governor added that he has “no relationship with the Army or the Police, I do not command them. They change Commissioner of Police every time. How will I begin to direct the Army that I do not give instruction?”
Wike who expressed anger at IPOB’s hoisting of its flag in a school in Komkom Town vowed not to allow “criminals” to destroy Rivers State.
“I will not fold my arms and watch criminals destroy my state if those few criminals are Igbos then they should know that I will not allow them,” he warned. “They made attempt to rename a local government in my state. That alone is a signal. I will not agree to that. I know who is doing all these; who has told them to rise, protest against Wike.”