The Chairman of Oyigbo Local Government Area, Prince Gerald Oforji, has condemned the destruction of properties by some pro-Biafra supporters during the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB.
Some supporters of the pro-Biafra group had on Friday, allegedly burnt 10 trucks conveying household goods along the Oyigbo section of the Aba-Port Harcourt expressway.
Gerald Oforji while condemning the act, described it as inhumane and barbaric.
He also called on the protesters to use peaceful dialogue to resolve their grievances with the government rather than going about damaging peoples’ sources of livelihood.
”To me, I see it as disheartening that people would go this far doing this type of thing, even when it is uncalled for. Well so far so good, the security agencies have done a very nice job to arrest the situation. They have deployed more men to ensure that normalcy is returned in Oyigbo Local Government Area” he stated.
Oforji stated that the council is in partnership with the security operatives to restore normalcy in the area.
He, however, blasted the federal government for the deplorable state of the Oyigbo section of the Aba-Port Harcourt expressway, stating that the bad road aided the arsonists in burning down trucks along the road on Friday morning.
He noted that the federal government is playing politics with peoples’ lives by refusing the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike’s request to fix the bad spots on the road.
”We cannot continue this way. If they are playing politics with the road, they should stop it. People are dying, vehicles are breaking down here. They should do something about it. The reason why these people succeeded in burning the trucks is because of how bad the road is, that’s why they took the advantage to burn those trucks ” he said.