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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has alleged that members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra killed six soldiers and four policemen during the #EndSARS protests.
Wike stated this when the national leadership of the Nigerian Guild of Editors paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Friday.
The governor said the protest was peaceful in the state until the group took the law into their own hands, saying, “I don’t support criminality. IPOB killed six army officers, four policemen, burnt police stations and court buildings.”
‘his is Rivers State. Go to Oyigbo and see the level of destruction. Now the state government will be rebuilding those facilities. Those who don’t understand our actions are saying we are fighting the Igbo. How will they allow criminals to speak for them when there are intelligent Igbo people to speak for them?
‘If they (IPOB) are aggrieved, instead of channelling it to the right quarters, they go and kill innocent people and destroy public places (sic),’ he stated.
Wike also said it was impossible to fight Boko Haram without intelligence, suggesting the lack of intelligence had made it impossible to trace the leader behind the #EndSARS protest.
He said, ‘Look at what has happened. There were #EndSARS protests across the country. Nobody knows how the youths were able to organise themselves without a leader.
‘Up until now, intelligence can’t even know how they did it and who’s behind them. Without good intelligence, how can Nigeria even defeat Boko Haram?’
Earlier, the National President, NGE, Mustapha Isha, had commended Wike for his support for the guild.