- Governor Nyesom Wike says the ban of any form of protests is still in force in Rivers state
- The governor ordered security agencies to arrest any pro-Biafra protesters
- Urges the people of the state to cooperate with the security agencies
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers state has reiterated that his administration's ban on public procession of any kind is still in force in the state.
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Therefore, no group by whatever name is permitted to embark on public procession in the state under any guise.
A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, special assistant to the state governor on electronic media noted that the governor has directed security agencies to ensure that no group by whatever name should embark on any procession in the state.
He also directed the security agencies to take appropriate measures to ensure that all law-abiding citizens carry out their lawful businesses without molestation
The governor also directed the security agencies to stop any group from outside the state from coming to the state to embark on processions.
He called on the people of the state to cooperate with the security agencies in the maintenance of law and order.
The governor's order is in synchronisation with the directive the inspector general of police, Solomon Arase, issued recently. The police boss gave a stern warning to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) not to carry arms during their protests.
Arase's directive was in response to reports credited to the group, informing that they have decided to start bearing arms as a way to defend themselves against security operatives. They claimed members of their group were maltreated and killed by security operatives during protests and vowed to activate a self-defence mode.
The IPOB members have been protesting the continued detention of their leader and director of radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.