Wike to Reps: Reports of political killings in Rivers untrue

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Nyesom Wike
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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that the reports of alleged massive political killings and insecurity before the rerun elections were the handiwork of those he termed ’misguided politicians’ to mislead Nigerians.

He declared  that the state  was  largely  peaceful  with increasing  internally  generated  revenue (IGR), that indicate that businesses  are thriving  and functional.

Speaking  when he granted  audience to the Members of the House of Representatives Committee on the Army on Monday, investigating the military  invasion  of  Ogoni communities, Wike said  that  after the  rerun  elections, the sponsored propaganda  reports no longer dominate the media because  there are no political killings  in  the state.

The governor 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 do not 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 politicisation 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, House of Representatives Committee on the Army, Mr. 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 Organisation (CLO),  on the killings  of  Ogoni  people in their communities.

Kwewum 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.

“We are not here to defend any political party. The life of any person is important, irrespective of his political party,” he said.

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 communities in Ogoniland, saying it was going after suspected gun runners there.

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