Rivers govt to Buhari: Thank you for not playing politics with Omoku tragedy

Governor Nyesom wike
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state. [Photo credit: Nairaland]

The Rivers State Government has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari ‘for not playing politics’ with the murder of about 23 people in the state on New Year day.

The state government also thanked the president and security agencies for the killing of Prince Igwedibia, popularly known as Don Wani or Don Waney.

Mr. Igwedibia is the alleged mastermind of the killing of about 23 people on New Year day in Omoku Rivers State. The victims were coming from a church service when they were murdered.

The suspect was killed on Saturday in Enugu where he had gone to hide after the incident, the army said on Sunday. Two of his alleged accomplices were also killed.

In a statement by the Commissioner of Information and Communication, Emma Okah, the Rivers State Government said “the success recorded in the operations that ended Don Wani and his men is a victory for the law abiding people in the state.”

“It underscores the desirability of honest partnership and synergy between the government and security agencies as well as the public in tackling security problems in the state.

“This victory gladdens our heart and we remain more committed in the fight against crimes and will continue to support the police and all security agencies in the onerous task of securing our dear Rivers State and her people,” Mr Okah said.

“We thank President Muhammadu Buhari for not playing politics with the Omoku massacre but gave a matching order which galvanised the efforts of the 6 Div of Nigeria Army, the DSS, police and everybody or agency who played a role to avenge the death of the innocent people killed in Omoku on 1st January, 2018.

“The success of our collective effort has shown that there is no hiding place for the wicked.”


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  • Factual Bob

    The killing of the alleged serial killer,Don Waney is more than a welcome relief,and Wike should also understand that the vampire is not a fulani terrorist and so enjoys no protection from Buhari and his military/police.
    Will they ever go after the fulani terrorists herdsmen killing Nigerians with impunity in Benue ,Kaduna and other states,your answer is a good as mine.

    • Mufu Ola

      U’re thinking like an aboki water seller.So Buhari responded because Don Wanney is no Fulani?!Why was herdsmen problem not solved before Buhari came if it is as easy as u imagine. These killers are not readily identifiable, are they? Most of d killings are done in d middle of d nights.Or u expect authorities to judt start arresting any herdsman seen on d road for arrest sake? Why not abandon all these petty, bigot sentiment?

      • kinsly

        Thanks bro.

      • Factual Bob

        “A leader of the Miyetti Allah cattle Breeders in Benue State, Garus Gololo, has revealed that the recent attack on two communities in the state was due to theft of cows from herdsmen by members of the communities”.
        According to Galolo, the savage attacks by the herdsmen were because residents of the communities attacked and stole their cows.In an interview with BBC News pidgin English, Gololo said that over 1000 of their cows were stolen at Nengere when their owners were relocating to Taraba through Nasarawa State. He said the herdsmen were only defending themselves from thieves.
        @Mufu Ola,You can read details of the above in BBC website,and the HERALD of Sunday 7th January 2018: Why we slaughtered Benue residents – Miyetti Allah Herdsmen.
        Also refer to HERALD; Fulani Herdsmen Kill In Self-Defence – Miyetti Allah BY OWOLABI OLUWASEGUN MAY 5, 2016. “The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigerian has described the incessant attacks on communities and persons by the Fulani Herdsmen as an act done in self defence”.
        A MACBAN delegation leader to the Defence Headquarters, Senator Dagiri Alkali, explained further that the Fulani Herdsmen’s move into other territories and regions in the country was as a result of their eviction from their original settlements in the North.
        He added that the Boko Haram insurgents had attacked the Herdsmen and their cattles in the North-East and other parts of the country and stole millions worth of cow from the breeders”
        @mufu,just google Miyetti Allah Vow To Resist Anti-Grazing Law, to see the avalanche of.threats by those known vampires,and then ask yourself what Buhari and his police did about any of them.What happened even when Governor El Rufai openly admitted paying the terrorist herdsmen not to attack Kaduna again? Was El Rufai probed or asked to provide details of those he paid? Did the attack on Southern Kaduna discontinued?
        What of the petitions and open cries by the Benue people more than a month ago about the threats by the Miyetti allah to invade Benue state,was anything done by Buhari and his police? If you have conscience, be worried and ashamed of your Buhari.

  • bib

    This President does not play politics with losing any Nigerian life.

  • Factual Bob

    Global Terrorism Index: Nigerian Fulani militants named as fourth deadliest terror group in world
    Only Boko Haram, Isis, and al-Shabab were deemed deadlier than the little-known militant group from West Africa; Rose Troup Buchanan Wednesday 18 November 2015 21:26 GMT Independent UK.
    The fourth deadliest known terrorist group has been named as the Fulani militant group operating in Nigeria and parts of the Central African Republic.
    The little-known group, formed of individuals from the semi-nomadic pastorial ethnic group Fula people existing across several West African nations, has seen a dramatic escalation of its activities in the past year.
    In 2013, the Fulani killed around 80 people in total – but by 2014 the group had killed 1,229. As much as 92 per cent of their attacks target private citizens, reflecting the group’s primary concern over the ownership of farmland. Each attack claims an average of 11 lives, with the largest known in April 2014 killing as many as 200 people after a group of the militants targeted community leaders and residents during a meeting in central province Zamfara.
    @Kay Soyemi,please read details of the above from the UK’s Independent newspaper website ,and ask yourself why Buhari refused to declare “his” armed fulani herdsmen as the TERROSISTS that they are even when the global body declared them as the 4th deadliest terrorist in the world.
    What is petty about being honest,bold and courageous enough to call evil by it’s real name EVIL.

  • Say the truth

    Buhari moved swiftly to kill this guy because he is not Fulani. The herdsmen were neither arrested nor killed whenever they destroyed farmland and kill the owners.

    • BABUYANMA

      He should have taken care of Nanamadi Cownu?

  • Factual Bob

    Why were the leaders of the Miyetti allah that openly acknowledged the killings by his fulani herdsmen as retaliation for their lost cows not arrested and prosecuted? Why were the leaders of miyetti allah that publicly vowed to resist the Benue sate anti-grazing law,and invade Benue state not arrested and prosecuted? Do you folks have a conscience.It is the Benue people today,it may be your family tomorrow. Karma has a way of administering justice,and whoever that is comfortable with the injustice being done to the Benue people and other ethnic groups by Buhari and his instruments of state coercion shall die standing up !

  • Factual Bob

    I’m sorry,I thought I was communicating with a human being.You’re a bigoted beast not worth my time.

  • Mr.Val

    I doubt if you know the meaning of conscience.May the snake that swallowed the chicken of Benue people make good use of your flesh.

    • Mufu Ola

      Conscience? So u have no conscience about Fulani herdsmen that are also killed on daily basis? Parochialism is a great,deadly disease. Both Tivs & Fulanis are equally notorious. Difference is Tivs add mind bongling thievery to their’s. I know what I’m saying.