Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has claimed that Members of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, alleged to be behind the mayhem in Oyigbo, a community in Rivers State are from Abia State.
Wike, spoke when he received members of the Rivers caucus of the National Assembly in Port Harcourt on Friday, according to Kelvin Ebiri, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media in a statement.
Oyigbo is at the border between Abia and Rivers State.
The Governor told the lawmakers who were on solidarity visit to his office that the Biafran secessionist agitators are capitalising on the nearness of Oyigbo to Abia State to invade the community and unleash violence, resulting in the death of six soldiers and four policemen.
The governor who vowed that IPOB will never be allowed to exist within Rivers State, reiterated that law abiding Igbos and other nationalities shall continue to live and do business in the State unmolested.
He reiterated that if the Federal Government had not politicised security, steps should have been taken to checkmate the notorious activities of the defunct SARS.
He further blamed politicization of security for the reason why the State’s Neighbourhood Watch has not taken off.
The Governor assured the lawmakers that when the State receives the N78billion refund from the Federal Government, the money will be judiciously used for the benefit of the entire State.
Furthermore, Governor Wike declared that he will supervised the employment of 5000 youths into the State Civil Service in order to ensure that no community, ward, Local Government Area was marginalised.
Speaking during the visit, the lawmakers affirmed that Rivers State cannot and will never be annexed by any group, organisaton or person(s) whatsoever and will always remain part of Niger Delta.
Leader of the caucus, Senator George Sekibo, therefore expressed support for measures taken by Governor Wike to rein in members of IPOB.
“We also want to unequivocally state that Rivers State cannot and will never be annexed by any group, organisation or person(s) whatsoever, as we are Niger Delta people and will always stand for the course of the Niger Delta, her people, dreams and aspirations”, he said while declaring that the lawmakers unconditionally stand with Governor Wike on every actions he has taken to preserve lives and properties of all residents in the State.