Rivers outlaws IPOB, places N50m bounty on suspect

Gov Wike

Rivers State Government has reinforced its ban on the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra in the state in line with the proscription order by the Federal Government.

Governor Nyesom Wike stated this in a state broadcast on Friday night, saying henceforth, no form of procession or agitation by the group or any of its affiliates would be allowed to take place in any part of the state.

This is as the governor declared one Mr. Stanley Mgbere wanted for leading members of the banned IPOB to cause the recent violence and destruction of lives and property in the Oyigbo LGA, saying a ransom of N50m would be given to any person with useful information that would lead to his arrest and prosecution.

This was contained in a statement issued by the governor’s Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, and made available to journalists on Friday night.

According to the statement, the state government reached the conclusion, having observed that the activities of the proscribed group were not just dangerous to lives and property, but also constituted a clear and present threat to the existential interest and aspirations of Rivers State and all its people.

He said, “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.
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