Oyigbo Killings: I Have No Regret About It — Wike

Oyigbo Killings: I Have No Regret About It — Wike

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, says he have no regret about the ongoing killing by Nigeria military in Oyigbo local government area of the state, but denied ordering soldiers to carry out the massacre. Wike declared a 24-hour curfew in Oyigbo on October 21 following the outbreak of violence spilling from the EndSARS protest which led to the killing of some members of the army and the police. The governor, who blamed the unrest on members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), last Wednesday, signed an executive order to enforce the ban on the group and its activities in the state. Soldiers were deployed in the local government to prevent further breakdown of law and order. The soldiers have, however, been accused of extra-judicial killings and abuse of human rights. The security agents are moving from house to house, killing people on Wike’s order. But speaking during an interview on Africa Independent Television (AIT) on Monday, Wike denied the allegation against him. He said he ordered “security agencies”, not specifically the army, to bring to justice any member of the group that disrupts the peace in the state. “The issue of people saying I sent soldiers to Oyingo to kill Igbo people is balderdash; It is completely a none issue. Have I even directed police one day? I have no command over the police so how will I now begin to direct the army?” Wike said.

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