IPOB denies killing Northerners in Rivers State

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has denied killing Hausa residents in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Alloy Ejimakor, the legal adviser of the group, said IPOB does not engage in killing let alone Northerners.

He stressed that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the group’s call on the Igbos is for self-protection, adding that the group abhors killings.

Ejimakor said that the accusation by the Hausa Community that it was IPOB members that killed their kinsmen were untrue and unfounded.

He explained further that Kanu does not dislike the Fulanis or Hausas but only hates those that maltreat Igbos.

The Spokesman of the Hausa community in Rivers State, Alhaji Musa Saidu, had said on Sunday that two persons from the Hausa Community were killed by irate youths suspected to be members of IPOB.

He said the problem started when the youths armed with dangerous weapons attacked a base in Oyigbo that has a high concentration of Hausa indigenes.

He said that the incident which happened on Saturday and Sunday had 2 Hausa residents who were petty traders killed while two persons sustained life-threatening injuries.

He said that he could not ascertain the reason behind the attack but pointed out that the attack might be an offshoot of previous threats issued to the Hausa community in Rivers State by suspected IPOB members.

He called on the police to step up action and arrest those behind the attack.

Meanwhile, Nnamdi Omoni, the public relations officer of the Rivers State Police Command said the command is investigating the incident.

He said that arrests have been made while the command has sent a team of police officers to guard the area, adding that investigation will reveal whether those who carried out the killings were IPOB members or not.