Just in: Governor Wike places N200 million on anybody with useful information of New Year Day killings

The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has placed a N200 million bounty on the perpetrators of Monday, January 1, killing in Omuko, Rivers state. The governor urged anyone with useful information that will lead to the arrest of the killers to help the state government. Speaking during a visit to the families of the deceased, Wike, who led the Rivers state security council on a fact finding mission in Omuko condemned the act in the area by some hoodlums. Sympathising with families of the deceased and victims of the attack, the governor said anyone or group of people connected to the crime would have their house forfeited to the state government. 

Wike said: "We have placed a N200 million bounty for relevant information that will lead to the arrest of all those involved in this unfortunate act of violence.

"Anybody who is connected to this crime in any way will have his/her houses forfeited to the Government. This place has been peaceful before this unfortunate mayhem.

"We will not allow another case of this violence. We have mobilised the security agencies to take the battle to the perpetrators. Governor Wike said all those linked to the Omoku violence will face the full weight of the law. 

"You cannot shed innocent blood and go free. We are working with all the security agencies to do everything possible to arrest the perpetrators. They must pay for this," Wike said. A statement signed by Simeon Nwakaudu, a special assistant to the governor on electronic media, the Rivers state government will support families who have lost their loved ones in the attack in burying them. The statement said the state government will settle the medical bills of those receiving treatment at different hospitals. "I am pained by this unfortunate mayhem . Enough is enough," Wike warned. 

Governor Wike also visited the sites of the crime where he received briefing from the Nigerian police area commander, Mike Nwafor and the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni (ONELGA) local government council caretaker chairman, Olisa Osi. Nwakaudu said the governor and the service commanders also visited the residence of wanted cultist commended security agencies for working hard to improve the security of the state. 

He said: "Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area, Mr Osi Olisa informed the governor that 17 persons lost their lives as a result of the attack. Prophetess Comfort Ordu who lost her husband and three of her children, said they were dragged out of their home and killed by the perpetrators. Some of those murdered in cold blood include: Favour Odili, Saviour Amirinze, Augustine Ordu, Precious Ordu, Wisdom Ordu, Jennifer Ohia and Innocent Ohia. Others are: Reuben Idogu, Baby Idogu, Ngozi Ogbuanukwu, Oyi Ogadinma, Nwagaego Ogadinma and Uche Onige. He said the governor was accompanied to Omoku by the brigade commander of the 6 Division of the Nigerian army, Brigadier General A.A Bande, the commander of Joint Task Force, Colonel M.N Madi, Rivers state deputy police commissioner, Ahmed Magaji and Rivers state director of the department of state services, Tosin Ajayi.
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