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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has threatened to move into Benue State with its Eastern Security Network (ESN) if the State governor, Samuel Ortom doesn’t take urgent steps to protect Igbos in the State.
The secessionist group in a statement by its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, noted that IPOB is no longer comfortable with the alleged terrorizing of Igbos in the State.
The statement read ‘It has become very imperative that we the Indigenous People of Biafra, ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to bring to the attention of Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State how Fulani terrorists masquerading as herdsmen are terrorizing Igbo communities in his state.
‘The unprovoked genocidal attacks by these murderous bands have intensified in the last one week.
‘The world has to be aware of this atrocity which has persisted obviously because the Governor failed to rise to his responsibility of protecting lives and property of these innocent Igbo communities in his state.’ Powerful stated.
Powerful has also alleged that recently, Fulani herdsmen disguised as soldiers, and abducted so many people in some Igbo communities in the State while frowning at their action, it warned that ESN will have no choice to move into Benue State.
‘Governor Samuel Ortom must take responsibility for securing these communities or IPOB would move in our gallant Eastern Security Network, ESN operatives to do the needful.
‘For weeks now the people are being terrorized by hooded Fulani military men on an evil mission.
These communities are living in fear and some have already run away from their homes.
‘We can never allow Fulani terrorists to decimate any Biafran community. We will no longer tolerate any unprovoked attack against our people irrespective of where they reside.
‘Governor Ortom must act now or ESN will rise to the occasion, ESN will launch a serious operation to chase the killer Fulani out of Benue if Gov Samuel Ortom cannot protect Igbo Biafrans living in Benue.
‘The Benue government must as a matter of urgency ensure that the Chief of Ataloga and others abducted are released, and no harm befalls them, otherwise, ESN will unleash its venom in the state against the Fulani.
‘Based on our findings, Igbo villages under siege now in Izi, Oju LGA of Benue State are: Edele village, Ogbala Izi village, Onyenu village, Obokata village, Ekpuphu village and Idele Izi village.
‘Others include, Ndi Nwankwo village, Osidi village, Usebe village, Eka village, Ikari village, Ameka village, Edear village and others’. Powerful said.
However, he said that the worst-hit of Fulani herdsmen attack in the State is in Ataloga community where men in military uniform he alleged kidnapped three innocent locals.
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