The Rivers State Government on Monday paid a total of N200 million to the families of 6 soldiers and 4 Policemen recently killed by suspected IPOB members in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Wike had on Wednesday last week during a condolence visit to the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, announced the donation of N20 million to each family of the four policemen and six Army killed by IPOB members in Oyigbo.
The cheques were presented to the bereaved widows at the State Police Command and 6 Division, Nigerian Army, in Port Harcourt, respectively on Tuesday.
Governor Wike told the Commissioner of Police that Government will not tolerate any terrorist group like IPOB in the state or allow them to kill any innocent citizen, particularly policemen and soldiers who are defending and protecting citizens of the state.
“As a Governor who matches his words with action, he has sent us to come and redeem that promise and to present the cheques of 20 Million each to the widows of the four police officers killed by IPOB,” Wike said.
According to the state Commissioner for Information, Paulinus Nsirim
“During the mayhem that claimed the lives of security agents carrying out their legitimate duties in Oyigbo, fifty (50) AK 47 Rifles were carted away.”
The commissioner added that;
“Security agencies in the area will continue to embark on surveillance and search operations to recover the rifles which are now in the illegal possession of some persons.”
Meanwhile, residents of Oyigbo still face curfew from 7pm to 6am.