Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike , has described the allegation that he ordered the Nigerian Army to kill Igbo people in the Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state as a politically motivated falsehood .
Wike, in a television programme on Monday in Port Harcourt , said a curfew was imposed on Oyigbo to restore calm after members of proscribed Indigenous Peoples Organisation of Biafra killed six soldiers , four policemen and destroyed all police stations and court buildings there .
He said the narrative that the Igbo were being killed by the military was intended to “ shift attention from the despicable activities of IPOB in Oyigbo ” , which is a boundary area adjoining Abia State.
“I imposed curfew to restore calm. I proscribed IPOB activities anywhere in the state. Don ’t forget that the Federal Government had declared them a terrorist group . It is not the entire Igbo that believes in IPOB activities .
“So, it ’ s not true that I ordered the military to kill Igbo in Oyigbo . When did I become a friend to the military? So, what about the Igbo living elsewhere in the state? Are they also being killed?”
He further said , “ I have no relationship with the Army or the Police ; I do not command them. They change Commissioner of Police every time . How would I begin to direct the Army that I do not give instruction ?”
“I will not fold my arms and watch criminals destroy my state ; if those few criminals are Igbo then they should know that I will not allow them.
He revealed that security agencies , during their search of some residents in Oyigbo, saw shrines with IPOB flags and Nnamdi Kanu ’s photographs.
He further said that the # EndSARS protests and its aftermath would have been averted if the Federal Government had not dismissed the alarm he earlier raised on the activities of SARS to mere politics.