Rivers Violence: Wike reinforced his ban on the activities on IPOB
The Rivers State Government has reiterated his stand on the ban on the activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra in the Rivers State in accordnace with the proscription order by the federal government.
He made this disclosure during a state broadcast on Friday night, said henceforth, no form of procession or agitation by the group or any of its affiliates was allowed in any part of the state.
Reports say that attacks alleged to be carried out by members of the IPOB on Wednesday had led to the death of two police officers as they set the Police Area Command, Obigbo, Afam Divisional Police Office and a court, all in Oyigbo Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers, on fire. Their attempts to attack other police stations were reportedly repelled by security operatives.
His speech reads in part, “Security agencies are hereby directed to stop any form of procession or agitation by IPOB in Rivers State or any part thereof and arrest and prosecute any person or group that identifies with the membership or activities of IPOB in the State; Government will issue an executive order to strengthen and ensure the effective enforcement of these measures.”
He also disclosed that he will be meeting with leaders of communities including leaders of various youth groups and community development committees in the State on Monday 26th October 2020 to define measures to be taken to curtail the activities of IPOB in the state.
The Governor contnued as follows, “Today, IPOB continued with its devilish and destructive activities at Rumukwurushi, Iriebe and Oyigbo in open defiance of the State Government’s curfew on human movements.
“Security intelligence and surveillance have revealed that IPOB has continued to expand its membership drive, holding meetings regularly, and expanding its logistical base, including the maintenance of illegal detention cells in Emenike and other parts of Diobu, Port Harcourt.
He also commensurated with hose that have lost properties due to the activities of IPOB in the state.