The devastating activities of IPOD in Rivers state have finally provoked Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State. The governor has therefore banned all activities of the group in the state.
The group which wasdeclared a terrorist group by the Nigerian government last year was accused ofbeing behind the spate of destruction witnessed in the state.
Further on the governor has also declared one Stanley Mgbere wanted with an N50 million bounty for his arrest for allegedly leading proscribed Indigenous Peoples Organization of Biafra (IPOB) on Wednesday’s fatal attacks in parts of Rivers state.
The suspected IPOB members in the attacks from the dawn of Wednesday left two police officers killed as they razed the Police Area Command, Obigbo, Afam Divisional Police Office, and a court, all in Oyigbo Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers while the attempted invasion of two other police stations was repelled.
Wike, in a Friday night broadcast also chargedsecurity operatives to arrest anyone connected with IPOB in Rivers, banning anyform of procession or agitation by the group or any of its affiliates in thestate.
He said, “Security agencies are directed to stop any form of procession or agitation by IPOB in Rivers or any part thereof and arrest and prosecute any person or group that identifies with IPOB in the State. The government will issue an executive order to strengthen the effective enforcement of these measures.
“Today (Friday), IPOB continued with its devilish and destructive activities at Rumukwurushi, Iriebe, and Oyigbo in open defiance of the State Government’s curfew on human movements.
“Security intelligence and surveillance revealed that IPOB has continued to expand membership drive, holding meetings regularly, and expanding its logistical base, including maintenance of illegal detention cells in Emenike and other parts of Diobu, Port Harcourt.
“Oyigbo town has practically become the group’s main operational base in Rivers, from which they’ve become notorious for launching premeditated violence and terror on the State, businesses and innocent citizens.
“As a people, we have become very much unsettled by the terrorist acts and endured the continuing irritations, violence, destruction, and provocations of IPOB in and against the people of Rivers State.”
He called for calm in Oyigbo, appealing to residents to remain calm and not take the laws into their hands despite the intense provocation, assuring on government’s capacity to deal with the challenge and ensure the safety of lives and property in the area. He further assured that his administration will soon carry the assessment of destruction suffered in the recent violence and take appropriate measures to mitigate the losses and damages to lives and property while sympathizing with families of those killed.