River government bans IPOB and puts N50 m on the wanted list of Stanley Mgber
The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) have been outlawed by the Rivers State government.
ChannelTV reports that Gov. Niesom Wyck made the announcement on Friday in Port Harcourt on a statewide broadcast following reports of violence in parts of the state.
He blamed the outlawed group for the recent attacks on certain local government areas (LGA), most notably the Oyigbo LGA.
The governor also stated that Stanley Mgbere of Onne at Eleme LGA wanted and assigned him a reward of 50 million nort. The money will be paid to anyone who can provide reliable information that will lead to his arrest and prosecution.
He pledged to sign an executive order enforcing the state’s IPOB ban, adding that he will meet with communities and stakeholders to ensure swift implementation in collaboration with security agencies.
Rivers State Police Headquarters said Wednesday that IPOB members had killed two officers and burned two police stations in Oyigbo LGA.
Due to fears of further massive attacks in the area, Nigerian troops and police were deployed there to maintain peace.
Despite the presence of security forces, from Thursday evening to Friday morning, the territory was rented, and the soldiers fought off the bandits.