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.
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”