The governor of Rivers State, south-south Nigeria, Nyesom Wike, has alleged that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a secessionist group in Nigeria, killed six soldiers of the Nigerian Army
Naija News reports that Governor Wike made this comment in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, spoke on Friday when the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The Rivers State Governor stressed that the #EndSARS protest was peaceful in Rivers until members of the outlawed IPOB hijacked the demonstration and took laws into their hands.
Governor Wike lamented the destruction caused by suspected IPOB members under the guise of the #EndSARS protest, adding that the outlawed pro-Biafra group killed six soldiers and four policemen in Rivers.
The governor said: “I don’t support criminality. IPOB killed six army officers, four policemen, burnt police stations, and court buildings. This is Rivers State. Go to Oyigbo and see the level of destruction. Now the State Government will be rebuilding those facilities.
“Those who don’t understand our actions are saying we are fighting the Igbo. How will they allow criminals to speak for them when there are intelligent Igbo people to speak for them?
“If they (IPOB) are aggrieved, instead of channelling it to the right quarters, they go and kill innocent people and destroy public places.”