Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, has declared the proscription on all activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in the State.
Wike made the declaration in a statewide broadcast over the recent happenings in Rivers State, where the Police Command had reported that IPOB members are responsible for the unrest in the state.
He stated that he had pleaded, warned and even advised IPOB and its members severally to discontinue its rebellious activities in Rivers State.
He said instead, Nigerians were witnesses to yet another act of violence and destruction inflicted by IPOB at Oyigbo Local Government Area and some parts of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area on Tuesday 21st October 2020.
Wike noted that, “As a Government, we owe our people and all residents the responsibility to protect their lives, property and wellbeing and to prevent trouble-makers of all shades and character from violating our collective peace, security and pursuit of happiness.
“Therefore, in view of the fact that IPOB has since been proscribed throughout Nigeria; and
“Having come to the firm conclusion that the activities of the banned IPOB are not just dangerous to lives and property but also constitute clear and present threat to the existential interest and aspirations of Rivers State and all our people;
“We have decided to reinforce, implement and enforce the existing judicial and national ban on IPOB by putting a total and complete stop to its presence and or activities in Rivers State or any part thereof.
“Accordingly, as from today 23rd October 2020, the Rivers State Government has: Outlawed IPOB from existing and or operating in Rivers State or any part thereof in line with the proscription order of the Federal High Court and the Federal Government.
“No form of procession and or agitation by IPOB or any of its affiliates is allowed to take place in Rivers State or any part thereof, hence forth.
“Security agencies are hereby directed to stop any form of procession or agitation by IPOB in Rivers State or any part thereof and arrest and prosecute any person or group that identifies with the membership or activities of IPOB in the State;
“Government will issue an executive order to strengthen and ensure the effective enforcement of these measures;
“We cannot allow IPOB miscreants and other misguided similar groups to threaten our collective peace, security and wellbeing under whatever guise.”