BREAKING:Great Tension Persists in Oyigbo as chiefs beg Army to retain troops.

Soldiers aboard a truck patrol during a violent protest by Shiite Muslims demanding the release of their detained leader Ibrahim Zakzaky on July 23, 2019 in Abuja. - At least eight people were killed in clashes between Shiite Muslim protesters and Nigerian police in Abuja on July 22, with a journalist among those shot dead in the latest bloodshed over the detention of a religious leader. A policeman was also killed in the unrest, which broke out when hundreds of protesters from the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), a Shia sect, marched demanding the release of cleric Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been held since December 2015 on charges including terrorism. (Photo by KOLA SULAIMON / AFP)

Pressure has persevered in Oyigbo, the Local Government Area in Rivers State, which went under assaults by gangsters recognized as individuals from the disbanded Indigeneous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

Bosses in the committee at the end of the week communicated fears that the escaping IPOB individuals could refocus and re-visitation of the territory.

They reviewed how individuals from the prohibited gathering captured the #EndSARS fight slaughtering six troopers, four police officers and crushing all police headquarters and a court in addition to other things in the zone.

The bosses entreated the Defense Headquarters not to pull out troopers conveyed to reestablish harmony in the Oyigbo to forestall leftovers of IPOB from refocusing.

The bosses under the aegis of Ogbakor Oyigbo, additionally asked people, who abandoned Oyigbo to return as routineness had been reestablished.

High Chief, Eze Ukwu III, Louis Okorie, said they were not keen on the call by certain people to pull out the soldiers.

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He communicated genuine worry that if officers were removed from Oyigbo, IPOB rebels would release brutality in the territory.

He stated: “The Ogbakor Oyigbo General held a gathering here and said they won’t permit the expulsion of officers from Oyigbo.

“On twelfth of November, 2020 we met with the Local Government Chairman, Gerald Aforji, advising him regarding our situation. We don’t need Army to be removed to serve Oyigbo individuals.

“We should be cautious about the leftovers of IPOB fear based oppressors. We express gratitude toward Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for forcing the time limit which has quieted down the circumstance in Oyigbo.”

Also,High Chief, Lisbery Onyegorom, portrayed that indigenes of Oyigbo were still in stun following the wanton annihilation released on their locale by individuals from the prohibited IPOB.

He stated: “We were shocked by the degree of decimation by the IPOB. We are Rivers State and Niger Delta individuals. Our kin are not individuals from IPOB . I am not mindful of any Oyigbo indigene who is a part. We don’t permit that.

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“Presently, that the IPOB individuals have murdered a few fighters, every one of them have fled. The Army is exploring and fishing them out . The majority of the IPOB individuals captured have given crucial data about the leftovers.

“We are on the side of the Governor’s restriction on IPOB exercises across Rivers State and raising of IPOB Flag.”


Onyegorom scowled at charge of extrajudicial killings leveled against the Army by certain people playing insignificant legislative issues with the Oyigbo issue.

“We are decidedly behind our Governor’s push to keep up harmony in Oyigbo. The Governor didn’t state, proceed to slaughter individuals. The Army went ahead a salvage mission . That is the thing that they came for.

“It is the arrangement of the Army that give us solace to stay here. Until further notice, we know about danger to dissent once more. Armed force is going no place. Let the Army remain until we make certain of harmony in Oyigbo.”

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“The individuals who fled should return. The Army isn’t pursuing any body. Armed force isn’t executing any individual. Allow the Army to remain, until we are certain harmony has returned.”

On his part, the Chairman of Oyigbo Local Government Area, Prince Gerald Oforji said a large portion of the negative reports were unwarranted.

“Today, I am exceptionally cheerful for the visit by the Ovation family to survey the wanton annihilation completed on the 20 October by the IPOB. Today ,they have come to survey and see things for themselves dependent on unbalanced data they have been getting concerning Oyigbo.

“I accept with what they have seen today, the world, can affirm that the vast majority of those negative data posted against Oyigbo, against Rivers State, are unwarranted.”


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