|Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the state government will not tolerate any attack on other Nigerians living in the state by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) or any other group.
The governor also declared that Rivers State belongs to all those who live in it, saying that the state heartily welcomes any Nigerian who resides in the state and carries our his/her lawful businesses.
Governor Wike further condemned the deliberate sabotage of the state’s security architecture by the direct criminal activities of the Rivers State Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS).
“Rivers people fully subscribe to Nigeria’s corporate existence
“Rivers State belongs to all those who live in it. We heartily welcome any Nigerian who wishes to reside here and go about
The governor added: “We call on Rivers people to be vigilant and not to allow themselves to be used by anybody to foment trouble in our State.
“In as much as we may share common concerns about thestructural problems of the country, we believe that dialogue, not
“In the same vein, we urge the security agencies to exercise maximum restraint and conform to international rules of
According to Governor Wike: “They employ several malevolent methods, including planting illicit drugs on their unsuspecting victims as bargaining chip or forcefully taking them to ATM boots to collect specified amount of money as ransom for their freedom.
“Furthermore, while the noticeable increase of kidnapping incidents along the East – West road and the Owerre – Port Harcourt road are worrisome, some of the rescued victims have
“Although the veracity of these allegations can only be fully established through an independent probe, the recent killing of a
The governor reassured Rivers people of the commitment of his administration to work together with the security agencies and the police to guarantee the safety and security of lives and property across the state, despite the deliberate obstacles from SARs.
He called on members of the General Public to be vigilant and always be ready to protect themselves from the criminal machinations of SARS Rivers State.