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Wike Bans Meeting Of Igbo Group In Rivers, declares IPOB leader wanted
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has set an embargo on an intended meeting of some Igbo dwellers in the Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state over suspicions that such a gathering could stimulate new violence in the area.
The meeting by an association identified as the United Igbo community is planned to be carried at Oyigbo on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
Wike in an announcement endorsed by the Paulinus Nsirim Commissioner for Information and communications instructed security agents to guarantee that the told meeting does not hold to wage a deterioration of law and order in the area.
Oyigbo LGA which shares a boundary with Abia state is contemplated a citadel of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The governor had announced in October 2020 a 24-hour curfew in Oyigbo after a police station and other structures were bombed by hooligans.
He contended that Rivers won’t enable mischiefs to take the law into their own hands and use the commotion moment to perpetuate anarchy.
Wike also disclosed an N50 million prize on a leader of the pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra in the state named Stanley Mgbere.
He indicted Mgbere of “leading members of the banned IPOB to cause the recent violence and destruction of lives and property in Oyigbo Local Government Area (of the state).”
However, there have been several attacks on police officers across southern states by yet to ascertained armed men.
The governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma had cleared IPOB involvement in the attack on the state’s Correctional Facility.