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Fake military uniforms: Hold Rivers Govt responsible for violence – Group

A group, Coalition for Nigeria Movement, has blamed the recent violence in Rivers state on the state government.

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The group, in a statement by its president, Sabo Odeh, condemned the recent violence done in the state by those it described as militants wearing military fatigue.

The Coalition for Nigeria Movement, in a press conference, Wednesday, in Abuja, also accused the Rivers state government led by Wike of launching propaganda attacks on the Nigerian military.

The group said the state government failed to provide security in the state and as such, should be held responsible for the violence that claimed many lives during the elections in the state.

According to the group, “In a bid to enjoy a smooth sail, the governor requested for the withdrawal of military personnel in the state which apparently fell on deaf ears.

“The first inkling is that Wike sponsored resistance to the deployment of the military to provide cover for the elections. This opposition to military deployment was made to appear like a popular demand.

“During the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections, Rivers State was the only state where gunmen attacked troops that were on election mission and killed one officer in the process. That confrontation led to troops gunning down six attackers.

“The essence of this strategy was soon made known as the United Kingdom latched on the manufactured videos to accuse the military of attacking staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). We have however been able to establish that the military the United Kingdom was referring to were the militants.

“The aforementioned are however mild compared to the long term security risk. These youths that have been armed will soon form new militant and terrorists groups that will engage in kidnap for ransom and attacking economic interests in the Niger Delta.

“We call on the military to go beyond alerting the public to the kitting and arming of militants to pose as its personnel in Rivers state. The military should step in with the necessary and permissible force to arrest all those impersonating it in Rivers state as this is a critical step to preventing the resurgence of terrorist groups in the Niger Delta. “

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