Date: November 30, 2020, 10:00:34 PM
IPoB’s sins in Rivers, by Wike (Nigerian army kill citizens indiscriminately in Obigbo): Politics : Nigerialog.com - Nigeria's Premier Online Forum
Strangely, in spite of Wike’s repeated reference to soldiers equally killed and burnt in the Oyibgbo incident, authorities at the 6 Division of the Nigeria Army have kept sealed lips, declining confirmation or dismissal of the toll on its personnel.A community source, corroborating Wike’s disclosure, said, “It is common knowledge that army personnel were killed in the Oyigbo violence.“The attackers entrapped the soldiers, no one is sure how many they were, killed and burnt them in their two patrol vans. “The army has since been in vengeful occupation of Oyigbo breaking into houses, abducting and shooting at will.“I know of my husband’s business neighbor who was caught by the army stray bullet and remains hospitalised. It’s a worry whether he will be discharged alive.“Unfortunately, those who may have committed whatever havoc against the security operatives are predominantly strangers who hardly stay in the community.“Now, innocent landlords and tenants who hardly have anywhere else to go are bearing the brunt.“Soldiers are chasing people, police are chasing. I and my children have had to relocate to Port Harcourt, leaving only my husband at home.”Just as the army has refused confirmation or the toll the alleged IPOB killing took on its personnel, they have equally refused official comment on the alleged vengeful army occupation of Obigbo.A senior army official however said, “You know how these things work. We can’t jump to hasty conclusion. The General Officer Commanding 6 Division wasn’t around for a while.“So no other person can just make statements.”
Not done with applying the stringent measures, the he warned that any LG chairman who condones IPOB presence in his domain faces sack, just as he urged the council bosses, community and youths leaders as well as vigilantes to partner security agencies in wiping out IPOB from all Rivers communities, activating the Executive Order and other legal instruments.