Gov Wike
Gov Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the reports of alleged massive insecurity and political killings before the rerun elections were concocted by misguided politicians to mislead Nigerians.
He declared that Rivers State was largely peaceful with increasing Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, indicating that businesses were thriving and functional.
Speaking yesterday when granting audience to the members of the Federal House of Representatives Committee on the Army investigating the military invasion of Ogoni communities, Governor Wike observed that after the rerun elections, the sponsored propaganda reports no longer dominated the media, because there were no political killings in the state.
He said : “Before the rerun elections, you heard of repeated reports of alleged political killings sponsored by misguided politicians. Now that the elections are over, you no longer see such reports.”
“Like every other state, we have our security challenges, but we don’t have political killings. We have cases of cult related violence, but the security agencies are tackling the issue frontally, with the support of the Rivers State Government “.
He decried the tendency to play politics with security, noting that the security challenges in the state, were prompted by the politicization of the state’s security framework.
“We have a secure state where businesses are thriving. That is why our internally generated revenue is growing regularly”, he added.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Army, Hon Rimamde Shawulu Kwewum said that the committee was in the state on a fact finding mission,following a petition against the army by the Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, on the killings of Ogoni people in their communities.
He said that the committee was not in the state to apportion blame, but to determine what led to the alleged death of 24 persons during the military invasion.
He said: “We are not here to defend any political party. The life of one person is important, irrespective of his political party”
The Federal lawmaker informed the governor that the committee would hold public hearing and also visit the affected communities.
It will be recalled that the military in February invaded Yeghe, Zaakpo, Bori and Babbe.