Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has alleged that thugs suspected to be members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) killed six soldiers and four policemen in the state.
Governor Wike, disclosed this when he received members of the Nigeria Guide of Editors (NGE) at Government House Port Harcourt.
According to him, the hoodlums burnt down police stations and a court building.
Wike stated that, “I do not support criminality. IPOB killed six army officers, four policemen, burnt police stations and court buildings. This is Rivers State, go to Oyigbo and see the level of destruction. Now, the state government will be rebuilding those facilities.
“Those who don’t understand our actions are saying we are fighting the Igbos. How will they allow criminals to speak for them when there are intelligent Igbo people to speak for them?”
Governor Wike challenged NGE members to always hold public office holders accountable to the people.
The governor noted that in time past, the Nigerian Press was a strong voice and conscience of the society, but wondered what had whittled down their powers.
“What I have seen of you is that you praise us and give us awards because of relationships or friendship. That’s not the way it should be. Challenge us; the people in authority and we will sit up to our responsibilities. We will have no choice than to perform and serve the people as it should be.
“There was a time you were exposing the ills of society. If not for you, certain things will not be known. Assume your role, grow strong again and speak out,” he said.
In his speech, NGE national president, Mustapha Isha, said Governor Wike has remained consistent in his support to the guild, while urging him not to relent.