Port Harcourt, Nigeria – Rivers State Government has announced N20 Million compensation to the families of each of the soldiers and policemen allegedly killed by members of proscribed Indigenous Peoples Organization of Biafra (IPOB) in Oyigbo last week.
The governor announced this, Wednesday, via a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Kelvin Ebiri.
In the statement, the Governor also promised to rebuild all burnt police stations in Oyigbo and vowed to ensure that stunt the operations of IPOB in the state.
The governor also paid a condolence visit to families of the slain officers and was received by the commissioner of police in Rivers state, Joseph Mukan.
Recall that the Rivers state government, last week, accused IPOB of causing havoc in the state and announced a N50m bounty for anybody with information leading to the arrest of one Stanley Mgbere, the group’s leader.
“IPOB masterminded the killing of our gallant officers of the Nigerian Police and Army. We want to state clearly that Rivers State Government will support you to make sure that any of the perpetrators of this hideous crime does not go free. Enough is enough. You cannot continue to kill our policemen who have not done anything; who have not committed any crime” governor Wike said.
Responding to the governor during his vist, the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, said the Governor by his decision to commiserate with the Command and the deceased families, has demonstrated he is a compassionate father of the State. Mukan explained that the Police and the Army have taken over all IPOB stronghold in Oyigbo and will ensure that the group cease to exist anywhere within the State.
The Police Commissioner maintained that the Command will not abdicate its responsibility by ensuring that IPOB which had been declared a terrorist group by the Federal Government in 2017, continue to use Rivers State as launch pad for its terrorist attacks.