Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that all those involved in the killing of innocent Ogoni people and residents of Ogoniland will be brought to justice, saying that nobody will be allowed to play politics with the lives of Rivers people.
Governor Wike made the declaration yesterday, when he led the Rivers state Commissioner of Police Musa Kimo and other top police officers on a fact-finding tour in Yeghe community in Gokhana Local Government Area, other affected communities in Bori, and mortuaries, where, those killed by soldiers were deposited.
The governor also declared that the military must subject itself to civil authority, pointing out that as Chief Security Officer of Rivers State, he was not informed of the operation that led to loss of innocent lives of Ogoni people and residents of the area.
He accused some politicians of deliberately instigating crisis in the state, to create room for the evil declaration of state of emergency plotted by enemies of Rivers People.
He said “the Rivers State Government will take up this unfortunate incident with the appropriate authorities. The military must subject itself to civil authority. I am the chief security officer of this state. Before any deployment of soldiers, I should be informed, but in this case I was not aware.
Governor Wike said that the state government will hold a comprehensive security council meeting on Thursday on the Ogoni Security Situation.
A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media noted that thousands of wailing bereaved widows, youths, children, widowers and traders at Yeghe and Bori displayed photographs of loved ones killed by soldiers. They also displayed placards condemning the military operation that claimed the lives of their loved ones.
He urged those who fled their homes to return as his administration has taken measures to check a repeat of the ugly incident.
Bari Zikpo, a retired police officer, told the governor that his first son was killed in the ill-fated operation by the military. He said the operation claimed many others in the town.
In Bori, David Gbarazie informed the governor that he lost his brother to the military operation.
Also in Bori, the Igbo community also informed the governor that the military killed some traders in front of their shops. Spokesman for the Igbo traders in Bori, Mr. Michael Akuchi said a trader Livinus Nwafor and his brother Kelechi Nwafor were killed by soldiers.

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