The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has promised to pay N20m to families of each soldier and police who died during the recent #EndSARS violence in Rivers State. In the same vein, the governor also committed to employing 5000 youths below 35 years old in the state’s civil service.
The state government announced these two decisions on Wednesday after the state executive council meeting in Port-Harcourt and during a condolence visit to the state’s police command. During the visit, the governor promised that all police stations vandalised or burnt by hoodlums during the crisis would be rebuilt by the state government, saying that he is determined to stamp out all terrorist organisations in the state.
Recall that the governor had earlier in the week labelled the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organisation which should not be allowed to have a foothold in Rivers State.
The governor was accompanied to the condolence visit by the Secretary to the State Government, Tammy Danagogo; the Commissioner of Information, Paulinus Nsirim; and the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Zacchaeus Adangor. He described the gruesome murder of the policemen and soldiers as unacceptable and unfortunate.
He stressed that the state government will support the police to make sure that all Indigenous Peoples of biafra (IPOB) members who he said 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.
Apparently moved by the presence of the grieving wives and children of the killed policemen, Gov 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 Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, said the governor has demonstrated he is a compassionate father of the State. He explained that the Police and the Army have taken over all IPOB strongholds in Oyigbo and will ensure that the group ceases to exist anywhere within the State.
No word was said yet about other citizens who have been killed and who lost property.