Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has signed an executive order to reinforce the ban on the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and its activities in the State.
He made this known in a statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Kelvin Ebiri.
Mr Ebiri stated that the governor, in a broadcast on Wednesday night in Port Harcourt, maintained that Rivers State remains the home to all tribes and ethnic nationalities.
The Muslim community in Port Harcourt had accused the now outlawed group of being the mastermind of the October 20-21 premeditated attacks, which saw the gruesome murder of 10 of their members while others sustained various degrees of injuries.
The SA to Govenor said the government acknowledges and appreciates the enormous contributions from non-indigenes to the political, social and economic development of the state.
The statement said the state government will neither accept nor allow any individual or group from within and outside to violate the peace, endanger lives and property under any guise.
It stated, “the state government is opposed to the presence and activities of the legally-proscribed and anarchic IPOB and whatever it stands for in Rivers State.
“And so, let it be understood that we have nothing against all or any specific tribe and will continue to live in peace with people of all other tribal extractions residing or doing business in Rivers State.
“But we have everything against the presence and activities of the legally-proscribed IPOB and whatever that group stands for in Rivers State.
“This is clearly a terrorist group which existence, creed, mission and activities are strongly denounced even by the government and peoples of South-Eastern States of the country.
Source: Premium Times
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