The 4 South-East Governors of Nigeria have issued a warning to perpetrators who use the guise of IPOB or ESN to assasinate random or targeted individuals in Anambra, Enugu, Imo and Ebonyi in recent times.
The governors collectively raised this alarm following the numerous killings that have befallen their various states especially in the last 2 months. They also pointed out, through governor Dave Umahi,of Ebonyi state and chairman of the south-east governors forum, in a statement released after a virtual meeting with Governors from the region on Wednesday December 1.
The statement read;
“We warn all criminals who have styled themselves as IPOB/ESN to kill our people to immediately stop. “We are aware that the insecurity and killings in South East have gone beyond IPOB/ESN as any criminal finds it easy to hide under such a name to commit crimes.
We are determined to do everything to protect the lives and properties of our people. “Our youths are advised to leverage on the various empowerment and agricultural programmes by our Governors to better their lives.
“We condemn in strong terms the video clip and write-up we saw in some social and print media where two policemen were said to have been killed and their heads cut-off by youths who styled themselves as members of IPOB/ESN,”
“We have resolved among ourselves to work with security agencies to determine the authenticity of this video/report and if found to be true, to apprehend the perpetrators by all possible means to face the law.
“We are aware of similar videos in the past and which when subjected to forensic review were found out to have happened outside Nigeria.
“We assure Nigerians, especially the Police community, that we will not rest until we have done justice to this matter.”
The Governors promised to investigate the beheading of two policemen in the region, urged youths to leverage on the various empowerment and agricultural programmes to better their lives.