Governor Wike warns IPOB, says Rivers people subscribe to Nigeria’s corporate existence, indivisibility

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

The Rivers State government will not tolerate any attack on other Nigerians living in the state by members of the Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra, IPOB, or any other group, Governor Nyesom Wike has declared.

He made the declaration on Friday in a broadcast following inter-ethnic disturbances in parts of the state on Tuesday.

Mr. Wike said, “Rivers people fully subscribe to Nigeria’s corporate existence and its indivisibility.

He said the state belongs to all those who live in it and that it heartily welcomes any Nigerian who resides in the state to carry out lawful business.

Governor Wike however accused the Rivers State Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS, of direct criminal activities and deliberate sabotage of the state’s security architecture.

“The Rivers State Government is seriously concerned with the recent activities of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), particularly the attack on Nigerian citizens living in Rivers State.

“Rivers people fully subscribe to Nigeria’s corporate existence and its indivisibility.

“As a people, we shall continue to support the unity and peaceful co-existence of all ethnic nationalities and work towards actualizing our collective aspirations for a just, inclusive and progressive nation.

“Rivers State belongs to all those who live in it. We heartily welcome any Nigerian who wishes to reside here and go about with his or her lawful businesses.

“Therefore, we shall not tolerate any attack by any group on other Nigerians living in Oyigbo or any other part of the state.

“We warn troublemakers those who are bent on causing violence on others to steer clear of Rivers territory.

“Nobody should take our hospitality and peaceful disposition for weakness, as we are capable of dealing decisively with any situation threatens peace and serenity in the state.

“We call on Rivers people to be vigilant and not to allow themselves to be used by anybody to foment trouble in our state.

“Do not hesitate to report any suspicious character or movements around your vicinity to the law enforcement agencies for immediate action.

“In as much as we may share common concerns about the structural problems of the country, we believe that dialogue, not violence, remains the best way to resolve contending political issues.

“We therefore pray the federal government to initiate meaningful national dialogue to peacefully resolve the structural challenges that are threatening Nigeria’s stability and progress.

“In the same vein, we urge the security agencies to exercise maximum restraint and conform to international rules of engagement and best practice while responding to provocative acts from ill-advised groups.”

On alleged criminal activities of Rivers SARS, Governor Wike said the state government had for several months been receiving reports from traumatised victims who had been robbed of their valuables by SARS operatives under the guise of conducting searches.

According to Mr. Wike, “They employ several malevolent methods, including planting illicit drugs on their unsuspecting victims as bargaining chip or forcefully taking them to ATM boots to collect specified amount of money as ransom for their freedom.

“Furthermore, while the noticeable increase of kidnapping incidents along the East – West road and the Owerre – Port Harcourt road are worrisome, some of the rescued victims have reportedly pointed SARS operatives as the ones that are responsible for most of kidnappings along those roads.

“Although the veracity of these allegations can only be fully established through an independent probe, the recent killing of a SARS operative while carrying out a kidnap operation by the Inspector General of Police’s Special Squad clearly lends credence to SARS direct involvement in criminal activities across the State.”

The governor reassured Rivers people of the commitment of his administration to work together with the security agencies and the police to guarantee the safety and security of lives and property across the state, despite the alleged deliberate obstacles from SARS.

He called on members of the general public to be vigilant and always be ready to protect themselves from the criminal machinations of SARS Rivers State.


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  • Frank Bassey

    Well said. Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa are not part of Biafra. But the criminal activities of SARS in Rivers State are worrisome. The IGP had described Wike’s allegation as “nonsense”. but the man has his facts as the chief security officer of the state. The police under the present IGP Idris has been accumulating volumes of condemnations centring in the Force’s image dent. The NPF is increasing in notoriety.

    • Timothy

      Good words for the governor. Since we both were not there to ascertain what was actually said, we can both speculate as much as we want. If is always politics. Politicians can always say something and do another when no one is looking. They have one of the most tremendous ways to bend things to sooth their wills. But I like what you said about not being part of Biafra. No one can force anyone to join what he or she does not support.

  • Bright Henry

    IPOB, Rivers State is not your territory as rightfully pointed out by my Governor. Confine your activities to the 5 South East states or risk our wrath. We will defend our state with the last drop of our blood.

    • Jon

      Under what condition do you want live with your Hausa/Fulani slave masters? Free yourself, man.

      • aisha ani

        They don’t want to be your slaves either.

        • Julius

          And do not wanna be bullied or dominated.

      • Julius

        Shouldn’t that be their choice ? You said that you want your own country where the law is supreme but, you want to force others to join you. Deal with your own issues and man up..stop trying to lump others with your nonsense. The reason why most minorities near you do not want anything to do with biafraud is your bullying and dominating way of life.

  • Ezekiel

    The Nothern Muslims loved and supported the founder of boko haram then, it backfired on them, you people also loved Kanu and supports him because he’s abusing Buhari because you lost the election in 2015 now it has started boomeranging on you so keep on living with the consequences as it’s now happening in the North East.

  • SamPsalm

    Oh, these Governors and Oha-na-Eze are now tired of congregating to meet with Kanu and IPOB hanging on the shoulders of Prof. Ben Nwabueze – and then telling him to just keep his demands not ‘absolute’?

    So after empowering and validating a political power-hungry and still political power-deprived huckster with a meeting which communicated to him that everyone was not beholden to him, they now turn around to proscribe him? Simply because, instead of positioning them to start dreaming of becoming Goodluck-Jonathan-turned-President, they now run the risk of losing even their own perch on the Governor’s Office through a declaration of State of Emergency?

    We all just hope no innocent person has died because of those devious political moves – because blood would be on the hands of these Governors and Oha-na-Eze. Kanu and IPOB are a different proposition as they are already human blood-flushed and now even expect it at every turn to burnish their credentials. The more lives are wasted, the more Kanu and IPOB deem their quest thriving. That’s the sick and diabolical venture this cult, like the Odozi-Obodo cult of the 1950s, has embraced as their title to historical reckoning.

    Good to see the right Igbos coming out – as they always do – to reclaim their place.


  • JasV

    Even the mad man has his own day. This is your day wicked or what is your name? You have at least managed to think properly on this one. Thank you.

  • OG man

    Well said, my governor. Igbo are fighting two deadly wars. One is to secede from nigeria and other is to force unwilling minorities to join them. methinks the igbo cannot successfully win any of these wars.