Wike Announces N20M Compensation To Families Of Slain Officers By IPOB
By Pioneer Team
October 30, 2020
The Rivers governor has
announced N20 million
compensation to the
families of each of the soldiers
and policemen killed by members of proscribed Indigenous
Peoples Organization of Biafra
(IPOB) in Oyigbo recently.
In addition, the governor
has promised to rebuild all
burnt police stations in Oyigbo
and vowed to ensure that the
terrorist organisation no
longer exists in Rivers.
Nyesom Ezenwo Wike
stated this during a condolence visit to the Rivers commissioner of police, Joseph
Mukan and families of the slain
policemen at the Rivers Police
The governor who was accompanied by the secretary to
the state government, Dr
Tammy Danagogo; commissioner for information,
Paulinus Nsirim; and the attorney-general and commissioner for justice, Professor
Zacchaeus Adangor, described the gruesome murder
of the policemen and soldiers
as unacceptable and unfortunate.
He stressed that the state
government would support
the police to make sure that all
IPOB members who masterminded the killing of the policemen and soldiers, as well
as the wanton destruction of
police stations in Oyigbo were
apprehended to face the full
wrath of the law.
"IPOB masterminded the
killing of our gallant officers of
the Nigeria Police and Army.
We want to state clearly that
Rivers 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 he said.
Emotionally stricken by the
presence of the grieving wives
and children of the killed policemen, Governor Wike
vowed to ensure that IPOB will
no longer exist in any part of
Rivers State. According to him,
the killing of policemen was
one crime that the state government will never condone.
The governor announced that
the State government has decided to pay N20 million to
each of the families of those
killed by IPOB members in
He further assured the police commissioner that the state
government would rebuild all
the police stations torched by
IPOB, and provide necessary
support to policemen whose
residence were vandalised
and rendered homeless.
The commissioner of police,
Mukan, said the governor by
his decision to commiserate
with the command and the
deceased's families, has demonstrated that 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 ceases to exist anywhere within the state.
He maintained that the command would 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 as launch
pad for its terrorist attacks.