(By Chris K.Amadi)- The activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, are destructive and their political objectives alien to the people of Rivers State.
This was the declaration of Governor Ezinwo Wike of Rivers State in a state broadcast outlawing the group in the state on Friday, in response to the violence and destruction said to have been inflicted by IPOB at Oyigbo Local Government Area, and some parts of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area on Tuesday 21st October 2020.
According to the governor, the attacks resulted in the unnecessary loss of lives, including soldiers and police officers, and the destruction of both public and private properties, including police stations, court buildings and business premises.
“Not done, they also visited physical violence on members of some targeted community which, but, for the quick intervention of the State Government and the security agencies, would have resulted in some form of internecine bloodbath in the State”, Governor Wike further observed, adding that , “IPOB continued with its destructive activities at Rumukwurushi, Iriebe and Oyigbo in open defiance of the State Government’s curfew on human movements”.
While agreeing that “Rivers State is, and remains part of Nigeria and has always been a home for all Nigerians, and will continue to be, because this is our true character”, Governor Wike however emphasized that Rivers State belongs to the indigenous people of Rivers State and will no longer tolerate the subversive activities of stranger elements like IPOB.
He said IPOB’s political ideology is strange to Rivers State, adding that they have no legal or moral right to invade Rivers State; to disturb public peace; and subject lives and property to violence or threat of destruction under any guise.
In the determination of Rivers State Government to put an end to the activities of IPOB in Rivers State, Governor Wike said that IPOB has been outlawed from operating in Rivers State in line with the proscription order of the Federal Court and the Federal Government, adding that no form of agitation by IPOB or any of its affiliates is allowed to take place in Rivers State.
The Rivers governor declared Mr. Stanley Mgbere declared wanted for allegedly leading members of the banned IPOB to cause the recent violence and destruction of lives and property in Oyigbo Local Government Area, just as he announced a ransom of N50,000,000.00 to be given to any person with useful information that would lead to the arrest and of Mr. Stanley Mgbere.