The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-political organisation, has alleged that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has disbursed $300,000 as compensation to victims of the Obigbo massacre in the state.
Recall that some Biafra agitators residing in Obigbo were massacred by men of the Nigerian military in 2020.
However, Ohanaeze’s Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said Wike disbursed the sum as compensation to families of those who lost their lives.
In a statement, Isiguzoro claimed that some saboteurs collected the money on behalf of Obigbo victims.
He said: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo wishes to alert Ndigbo and the entire world that some Ohanaeze saboteurs led by one Alex Ogbonnia, who parades himself as Ohanaeze spokesman, have collected the hefty sum of $300,000 from the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike for the mass burial and compensation of the victims of the Obigbo massacre who lost their lives during the military onslaught against Ndigbo in Obigbo, Rivers Stat,e under the guise of tracking down Biafran agitators in 2020.
“Biafran agitators and families of the Obigbo massacre victims should meet the earlier mentioned characters to collect the money they collected on their behalf.
“They equally collected $100,000 from Wike to sabotage the efforts of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, to recover his mandate by claiming that the election result should be accepted in good faith, having been announced.
“Their deal with Wike includes laundering his image among Ndigbo to get Igbos in Rivers to support his governorship candidate, Simi Fubara.
“Ndigbo feels presently embittered by Wike’s role in sabotaging Peter Obi’s electoral victory in Rivers State.”