February 27, 2021

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Two IPOB Kingpins In Our Custody, Says Wike

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Edith CHUKU

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has disclosed that security operatives in Rivers State have arrested two kingpins of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB who are said to be involved in the killing of six soldiers and four policemen in Oyigbo local government area of the state.

He said this was made possible as a result of the curfew imposed in Oyigbo Local Government Area to prevent an outbreak of inter-ethnic war between Igbo and Hausa communities in the area.

Wike who revealed this when Rotary District 9141 Governor, Mrs Virginia Major led a delegation of Rotarians on a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt today said the arrests were made yesterday following an intelligence report.

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He averred that Rivers State has been home to every ethnic and religious groups, until recently when those he described as misguided IPOB members took the hospitality for granted by unleashing mayhem in Oyigbo and even attempted to cause inter-ethnic war.

“If we did not take the steps we took by imposing curfew in Oyigbo, today, it would have been the Hausa and Igbo that will have been fighting and nobody knows what level it would have taken today. I will not support criminality. I won’t because the soldiers don’t like me, then you go and kill them.  And then, I will come out and clap, thank you for killing the soldiers. Thank you for killing the police.

“No government will wake up in the morning to impose hardship on its people. No government will do that, but government has the right to protect life”, he noted.

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He lauded Rotary International for collaborating with government to Kick out polio in Nigeria, assuring them that his administration will sustain the campaign against polio as no governor will be happy to hear about fresh outbreak of polio in any part of the country.

Earlier, District 9141 Governor, Virginia Major, extolled the governor for being proactive and careful in handling the well intentioned #EndSARS protect, which was almost hijacked by miscreants. She noted that while the world was facing COVID-19 pandemic of unimaginable proportions, Governor Wike, his colleagues and the Federal Government did not relent in their collective efforts to support polio immunization at all levels.

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“This led to the ultimate certification of Nigeria and by extension, Africa as free of the wild polio virus on August 2, 2020 by the World Health Organisation, WHO” she said.

She urged the Governor to use his good office to support all the renewed efforts of Government, Rotary and all its strategic partners in their quest for sustained surveillance, awareness, immunization and in ensuring a polio free nation

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