RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has placed a N200 million bounty for any information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the recent Omoku massacre.
At least 17 persons lost their lives when gunmen invaded two communities in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Monday.
Some of the victims were coming from the annual crossover night service when they were ambushed by the hoodlums.
The governor also visited those injured during the attack and the scenes of the crime where he received briefing from the Nigeria Police Area Commander, Mr. Mike Nwafor, and the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Council Caretaker Chairman, Mr Olisa Osi.
He said, “We have placed a N200million 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.”
The governor said those linked to the Omoku violence would 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,” he said.
The governor commiserated with the families of the deceased, saying that the State Government would support them in burying their loved ones and added that government would also settle the medical bills of those receiving treatment at different hospitals.