Nigeria: Killing of Murderous Fulani Herdsmen, IPOB and MASSOB are Innocent – Abia State DSS.

ABIA STATE GOVERNOR OKEZIE IKPEAZU SAID NEITHER THE POLICE, ARMY NOR #DSS IN ABIA STATE ARE AWARE OF ANY INCIDENT OF KILLING OF HAUSA-FULANI IN THE STATE AS FALSELY REPORTED BY #DSS OFFICE IN ABUJA:

Anger on Sunday trailed a report by the Depart­ment of State Securi­ty (DSS) that members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) were responsible for the abduction and killing of five Fulani herdsmen in Isuik­wuato area of Abia State.
In separate reactions, Gov­ernor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, IPOB, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sover­eign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Intersociety, described the report as misleading and unprofessional.

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In fact, IPOB and MAS­SOB claimed that the Federal Government, through the DSS, rushed to issue the report to in­criminate detained Biafra lead­er, Nnamdi Kanu.
The DSS had accused IPOB and MASSOB members of kill­ing the Fulani herdsmen and burying them in shallow graves in Isuikwuato.

Governor Ikpeazu warned that the herdsmen pose a seri­ous security threat to Nigeria and called for quick measures to curb their excesses “before it becomes too late.”
In a statement he issued on Sunday, Governor Ikpeazu ex­pressed sadness over the claims by the DSS in Abuja, when there was no report to that effect em­anating from the security agen­cies including police and the DSS in the state.

Through his Chief Press Sec­retary, Mr. Godwin Adindu, the governor said there was no re­port “either from the police or the Army or even the DSS itself in Abia State” to authenticate the claims form the agency’s head­quarters in Abuja.
He wondered why “the DSS in Abuja and some sections of the media could not confirm from their men on ground be­fore going to the public.”

Ikpeazu said: “I just spoke to the state Director of DSS and he denied knowledge of any such development.”
He expressed worry that the DSS’ action could spark off eth­nic tensions across the country if not properly managed by all stakeholders.

Ikpeazu insisted that a crime of such magnitude could not have taken place in Abia with­out any security report from the State Security Council.

Earlier, at a three-day work­shop at the National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, the governor decried the atroc­ities of herdsmen in the state and other parts of the South East zone.
“The menace and nuisance of cattle rearers has become a major security challenge in Ni­geria”, he warned.

Represented at the event by the Commissioner for Ag­riculture, Mr. Uzor Azubuike, the governor said that time had come when states should secure grazing fields in their localities and hand them over to the Fed­eral Government to avert clash­es between farmers and cattle rearers.

The governor described as ridiculous the Federal Govern­ment’s plans to import grass from Brazil for cattle when Ni­geria can supply the grass needs of the world”

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