Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has given marching orders to security agencies to arrest and prosecute pro-Biafran agitators who flouted the ban on illegal separatist processions and demonstrations in the state
This is even as the former Niger Delta agitator, High Chief Ateke Tom, has debunked meeting with leaders of Biafra struggle, where it was alleged that he gave President Muhammadu Buhari 14-day deadline to grant the people freedom, as disseminated in the media.
The order by Governor Wike, came on the heels of the purported procession of some people in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state. The governor, who spoke through the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George,
Condemned any act of criminality allegedly perpetrated by Biafran agitators by whatever name.
He said: “It has come to the attention of the Rivers State government that some Biafran agitators have resorted to illegal processions, and assaulted law abiding citizens and residents of the state. “The government has directed all security agencies in the state to arrest and prosecute all Biafran agitators who flout the ban on illegal separatist processions and demonstrations in Rivers State.
The government, however, urged residents in the state to remain calm and law abiding.
In a swift reaction to media publication on Biafra, Ateke, who is the Leader of Niger Delta Vigilante (NDV), has denied holding meeting with Biafran leaders.
He has also refuted the claims that he had given 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to grant Biafra sovereignty, or he would resume his struggle.
Speaking through his spokesman, Ifeanyi Ogbonna, the ex-militant leader reiterated his warning to members of the public to stop using his pictures unauthorized.
Ateke emphasized that he knew nothing about the purported meeting and he never threatened to declare war on President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
Ateke stated that the allegations were the handiwork of detractors, enjoining Nigerians to support Buhari’s administration.
“The High Chief has no time for such talk and he has been in his village of Okrika and has nothing to do with any Biafra meeting”.
“Nigerians should be patient with the Buhari-led government and support him. Buhari is a good man; he is a peace loving man”, Ateke expressed.