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The Igbo Elders Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has accused security agencies of indiscriminately killing Igbo youths in the South-East, under the guise of fighting IPOB and ESN, two separatist groups.
Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, Chairman of the group, a former Governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, said dozens of young people, mostly male, are being extrajudicially executed on a daily basis by security operatives in the region.
‘We condemn without any reservation the destruction of public properties in the South-East because it is not in our character to indulge in arson, brigandage,’ Ezeife said.
‘We believe however that it is not fair and just to use a sledge hammer to kill harmless flies.
‘Security agencies now indiscriminately invade private homes at odd hours, in the same guise of fishing out presumed IPOB and ESN members.
‘They arrest men and sometimes shoot innocent and hapless youths.
‘We, therefore, call on President Muhamamdu Buhari, the United Nations, the European Union, African Union, ECOWAS, to take urgent and necessary action to stop the current genocide against the Igbos in the South-East and parts of the South-South.’
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier this month threatened to deal with IPOB ‘in the language they understand‘, a statement that sparked angry reactions from many Nigerians as it referenced Nigeria’s bloody civil war.
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