President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday condemned the killing of non-indigenes and law enforcement officials by terrorists in the South-East.
According to a statement signed by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu, President Buhari vowed to undertake all possible action in conducting a speedy investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Shehu said the President’s reaction came amid reports of “the slaying of six Nigerien citizens and the brutal killing of a number of policemen at their duty posts.”
Four police officials were killed in Imo on Saturday after gunmen attacked a police station.
The President urged community and religious to speak more forcefully against the killings.
Buhari Condemns South-East Killings, Asks Public To Provide Information
“Those who know should point at specific people who did this,” the President was quoted to have said.
“He expressed his administration’s unwavering commitment to peace and stability in the southeast and the entire country, saying that the reports of killings anywhere were sad and unwelcome,” the statement added.
“He offered his condolences to the families of the law enforcement agents murdered and to the government and people of Niger Republic whose citizens were cruelly beheaded by the beastly attackers.”
Killings in South-East is plot to keep Nnamdi Kanu in custody— IPOB
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has warned those behind the killings and abduction of innocent citizens in South East of Nigeria to desist from such heinous acts.
In a statement by IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, on Saturday, the group said the judiciary will capitalise on the criminalities in the region to keep detaining Kanu.
It further stated that those behind the killings and abduction are the arch enemies of the group and its detained leader who want the Department of State Services, DSS, to continually blackmail them.
The statement read in parts: “The global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the indefatigable leader and liberator Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wish to reiterate once again over the incessant abductions, killings and insecurity in the Eastern region.
“Our people and those who claimed to be IPOB members need to understand that enemies will capitalise on the killings and insecurity in the South East to blackmail IPOB and our peaceful agitation.
“Biafrans should take cognizance of the timing of these heinous and barbaric acts of violence and murder.
“Our people and the world community should note that most of these heinous killings happen a few days before our Leader’s court dates.
“For instance, the army couple, the house of assembly member, the pregnant Hausa woman. These killing could not reasonably have been done or perpetrated by IPOB.
“These atrocities are being committed by people who want to ensure that our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu doesn’t come out from DSS custody and nobody who is genuinely interested in his release will be involved in these criminalities going-on in the South East.
“How can the killing of our own people whom our leader Mazi Nnamdi is fighting for their liberation and freedom help in securing his release?
“It will only complicate his case and turn our people against him and against the Biafran cause which is what the Nigeria government wants and working with politicians and certain compromised elements in our land through its security agencies.
“Again, these killings are also calculated to intimidate and blackmail the judiciary who might be open in granting him justice because our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has no case to answer.”
IPOB stated further that the Igbos cannot afford to let atrocious killings in their region continue, stressing that the acts would perpetually hinder Kanu’s freedom and the group’s agitation.
Powerful, in the statement, also said that the group cannot afford resources to exonerate itself from blackmail and propaganda by the Nigerian government, as he added that not even the international community could give justice to five million Biafrans killed during the Civil War from 1967 – 1970.