‘Wike, Kanu responsible for violence, alleged killings in Obigbo’

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) is blaming Governor Nyesom Wike and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for the violence which erupted in Obigbo area of Rivers. The group made this public in a statement by its President General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Secretary General, Okwu Nnabuike. The Governor has been under series of attacks in previous weeks over alleged human rights abuses and extra judicial killings in the area by the Military enforcing a 24hrs curfew which was applied in the area in the wake of the violence that tailed the #EndSars protests. Wike on Monday allegedly imposed the curfew because IPOB protesters murdered 6 soldiers, burnt down some Police stations and courts in Obigbo. Wike also denied that he ordered military actions in Obigbo, describing the accusations as politically motivated plots of his detractors to distract him from governance. But OYC, in a quick reaction, called to Wike’s notice that there was burning of police stations,courts, killing of military personnel and police officers and vandalization of government properties in other parts of the country especially in major south east cities like Aba, Nnewi, Abakiliki, Enugu, Onitsha, Owerri. “But none of the Governors of these states ordered Military actions against their people. “Wike as Chief Security officer of Rivers State will surely account for the loss of lives and brutalities in Obigbo in the near future as international human rights groups and activists are gathering informations and evidences of genocidal violence escalating in Obigbo Rivers State,” the group said. It added: “OYC vehemently oppose the 24hrs curfew placed on Obigbo with heavy military actions and onslaughts against the people which have continuously abused their fundamental human rights in Obigbo. “The people have been denied access to food, adequate medicare, water because Rivers State Government unleashed state machinery against IPOB over what we perceived as relationship gone sour between Governor Nyesom Wike and IPOB Leadership led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.” He went further to say that, “We had[…]

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