Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has released the sum of N450m to victims of the 2019 bloody general elections in Ijaw communities in Abonema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state.
The governor, who met with the victims, deceased families and the council of chiefs at their townhall in Abonema on Monday said their bank account numbers would be credited with the amount of money due them from Wednesday.
There were indications that the families of 37 persons, who paid the supreme price, were entitled to N9m compensation each.
Governor Wike, when he visited the community after the election to commiserate with the people, had promised to assist them to cushion the effects of the mayhem unleashed on Abonnema
The governor was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Tammy Danagogo, at the official confirmation of the names of the deceased and their next-of-kins, as well as other beneficiaries.
He said after the incident, the governor inaugurated a committee, headed by the Deputy Governor, Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, to carry out statistics of the people, who suffered losses during the presidential election.
Governor Wike enjoined the Amanyanabo of Abonnema, Disrael Bob-Manuel, to ensure the beneficiaries were his subjects.
Bob-Manuel described Wike as a reliable and compassionate leader, with the political will-power to fulfil his promises.
The monarch thanked him for showing empathy to Abonnema community, and charged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money.
“This money is not for enjoyment. This is time to sit down and think about how to make good use of the money to help your families. And you must appreciate the governor’s gesture,” he said.
Earlier, Akuku-Toru council Chairman, Rowland Sekibo, described the occasion as mixed-feelings, saying it reminded the people of the unprecedented military attacked on Abonnema community and thanked Wike for showing love to the community.