The DSS claimed that it discovered a mass grave in the Isikwuato local government area of Abia and that five of the bodies were Fulani herdsmen. The identity of the over fifty other bodies had not been ascertained.
Dr Okezie Ikpeazu who is the governor of Abia state however denied the claim that the they were killed by IPOB but suggested miscreants were responsible for the crime.
Vanguard reports that Ohaneze challenged the DSS to provide evidence to back-up the claim that IPOB was responsible for the killing of the herdsmen.
Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey who is the president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo said proper investigation should be carried out.
”Ohanaeze is curious and very suspicious of the reasons behind the DSS statement which indicted the IPOB as responsible for the dastardly act.
“Ndigbo demand proper investigation to ascertain those behind the heinous act. They did not act on behalf of Ndigbo and should be brought to book. Ndigbo commiserate with the families of the deceased and have conveyed same to the leadership of Arewa Consultative Forum.
“Ndigbo condemn the act of taking human life in any form anywhere in the country. As travellers to other places, Ndigbo are friendly to visitors. All Nigerians are therefore assured of their safety anywhere in Igboland.”
Meanwhile, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar, the national president is of AYIF, in a statement warned the Abia state government not to shield IPOB members from facing justice.
The group urged that all those involved must face prosecution and blamed IPOB for trying to cause social unrest.
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