Wike moves to compensate families of policemen and soldiers killed in Rivers
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has promised to compensate families of each of the soldiers and policemen allegedlly killed during the EndSARS protest in Obigbo, Rivers State last week. Wike stated this during a condolence visit to the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, and families of the deceased policemen at the Rivers State Police Command on Wednesday.
The Governor, also promised to rebuild all burnt police stations in Obigbo, describing the gruesome murder of the policemen and soldiers as unacceptable and unfortunate.
The Governor had accused the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) of taking part in the killings of police officers during the protest, stressing that the State Government will support the Police to make sure that all IPOB members who masterminded the killings of the policemen and soldiers, as well as the wanton destruction of Police stations in Obigbo are apprehended to face the full wrath of the law.
“IPOB masterminded the killing of our gallant officers of the Nigerian Police and Army. We want to state clearly that Rivers State Government will support you to make sure that any of the perpetrators of this hideous crime does not go free. Enough is enough. You cannot continue to kill our policemen who have not done anything; who have not committed any crime,” he said.
Wike announced that the State Government has decided to pay the sum of ₦20 million to each of the families of those killed by IPOB members in Obigbo.
However, IPOB in a counter statement, has exonerated its group from the said attack, noting that the protest was a nationwide activity involving every a wide range of concerned citizens; especially, the Nigerian youths.
The Nigerian youths had kicked off a nationwide protest aimed at ending the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), which later escalated all over the country. The peaceful protest was later turned violent after policemen and soldiers shot and killed protesters in different parts of the country.
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News