Defence & Security

Soludo dismisses ethnoreligious killings in Anambra

By Paul Michael

The governor of Anambra State, Prof Charles Soludo has dismissed rumours of ethnoreligious killings in the State.

The governor said news published in some dailies that members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are killing northerners is misleading.

The governor made this known in a statement by his Press Secretary, Christian Aburime, adding that while there is general insecurity in the country, there is no targeted ethnic or religious killings in Anambra.

The governor further stated that the publication by a national newspaper indicating that IPOB killed a woman, four kids and six other northerners is capable of inciting violence in other parts of the country.

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The statement reads, “This release has become necessary to set the record straight about a misleading publication on the front page of Daily Trust Newspaper of Tuesday, May 24, 2022. It reads as follows: “IPOB Kills Woman, 4 Kids, 6 Other Northerners in Anambra”, with several riders.

“While it is true that there is general insecurity across the country, there are no targeted ethnic or religious killings in Anambra State. As a matter of fact, Anambra indigenes have suffered more casualties as a result of the unfortunate killings.

“The insensitive slant of the Daily Trust report has the tendency to stir anger and disaffection in other parts of the country. Hence, the report is totally unacceptable and inimical to the unity and progress of the nation.

“The government of Anambra State hereby states that the report is not only sensational but misleading and should be immediately retracted to reflect the real situation on ground.

“It is on record that Ndi Anambra and people of other parts of the country, particularly those from the North, who live and do business in the State, not only share common values but have always lived at peace with each other in the State.

“Governor Soludo’s administration has not only demonstrated commitment to tackling insecurity but has continuously reassured both indigenes and non-indigenes in the State of their protection and safety. This, he will continue to do for the good and progress of all and sundry in Anambra State.”

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