Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State stated that the stories of a massacre in Oyigbo are false and the trouble began when IPOB all of a sudden murdered about six soldiers on the spot and four policemen.
H-Forbes gathered that Governor Wike disclosed this in a social media statement on Monday evening.
In his words “Rivers State was very peaceful before IPOB suddenly murdered about six Soldiers and four Policemen.
“Destroyed all the Police Stations and burnt down all the courts situated at Oyigbo.”
“We all know when you kill a security operative especially the army.
H-Forbes reported some days back that Amnesty International had announced they got a disturbing news that Nigerian armies have entangled in an alleged extra-judicial killings in Oyigbo, Rivers State, and beckoned on Nigerian Soldiers to halt the killings.
“Despite the existing curfew, armies were allegedly invading homes. Some residents were reported to seeing dead bodies on the street, allegedly shot by soldiers.” he added.
Governor Wike announced in his statement that IPOB initiated the attacks, by assaulting security operatives and vandalising court documents in Oyigbo.
“Rivers State was very peaceful before IPOB suddenly murdered six Soldiers and four Policemen. All the Police Stations were destroyed and burnt down to ash in Oyigbo.
“We all know when you kill a security operative, especially the army, they wouldn’t let you go,” he said.
Governor Wike also claimed the Hausas were attacked by IPOB, they attemted to rename some communities around the area, putting up flags in the community of Rivers.
“They didnt stop there but started renaming communities in River States and put up flags in some places, IPOB went on to attack the Hausas and I ordered for the curfew when it was degenerating into a tribal conflict with the Hausas.”
However, Wike said he would not stop support anyone attacking the armed forces as he did not send the Military to the suppose area, as he is also a big critic of Nigeria’s security forces.
“Everybody knows if there is one person the military doesn’t like, it is me, but that the army doesn’t like me, doesn’t mean i shouldn’t speak the truth. Nobody has critized the Police or Army more than me- but you don’t go and kill them and expect me to tell you well done.
“Saying I sent soldiers to Oyigbo to kill Igbo people is nonsense because i have no relationship with the Army and can’t command the Army. I can’t even command the Police, much more to instruct the army,” he stated.
Governor Wike said the reports of killings were false and he has ordered a Security Council meeting to review the security situation in Oyigbo.