- Governor Nyesom Wike has confirmed that the military operations in Gokana and Khana local government areas have the full backing of the state government
- Wike has called on fleeing residents in the affected areas to return to their homes
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has confirmed that the military operations in Gokana and Khana local government areas have the full backing of the Rivers state government and has therefore called on fleeing residents in the affected areas to return their homes.
Governor Wike through a press statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, his Special Assistant Electronic Media called on all residents of Khana and Gokana local government areas who fled their homes as a result of military presence in the area to return to their homes.
According to the statement: "The governor said that the heavy military presence in the area is aimed at promoting security of lives and property and not to harm law abiding residents.
"In a statement issued by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media,Governor Wike assured the people of their safety .
"The governor said that his administration will always enhance the security of all residents of the state, urging the people of Khana and Gokana Local Government Areas to cooperate with the security agencies to maintain law and order."
Meanwhile, against the background of the accusation of the ex-militant leader Solomon Ndigbara against Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate in the Rivers South East Senatorial District re-run election, has denied any knowledge of the military operation in the house of ex-militant leader, Solomon Ndigbara.
In a press release signed by Parry Saroh Benson, the spokesperson to Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, stated that he was not a security operative and did not have power to issue order to the Nigerian Army to carry out a raid on the house of the ex-militant.
He said that by the utterances of the ex-militant suggests that he knew something about the attack on his Senatorial Liaison Office building in Bori, Khana local government area.
Abe said that it was wrong and illogical to associate him with a security operation not to talk of investigating his connection.
He advised the Civil Liberty Organization (CLO) to ask the military why they are carrying out such operation and not to entangle him in what he knew nothing about.
He said that it was a pity that the CLO, which is a respected non-governmental organization in Nigeria, has allowed itself to be used as a spokes group of a political party in Rivers State.
It would be noted that the liaison office of Senator Abe in Bori headquarters of Khana local Government area was bombed and razed down, apparently by Ndigbara's boys who erroneously thought that the destruction of (Ndigbara's) house allegedly in the military operation was ordered by the Senator.