The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that the clandestine killing of innocent youths, particularly those driving flashy cars, by security agents is ongoing in Imo State.
The group alleged that Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma has given his consent to the gun-taunting police and army operatives to kill harmless youths at will.
It also stated that traditional rulers and religious leaders in the state have taken to their heels due to these wanton killings.
IPOB said this in a statement titled, ‘Nigeria Security Agencies Should Stop Killing Innocent Biafran Youths In Imo Because They Drive Flashy Cars.’
According to the statement signed by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, which was obtained by SaharaReporters on Thursday, the youth in the state have suffered terribly at the hands of the governor and his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party.
The statement said, “We the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader and prophet Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is raising an alarm over the incessant killing of Biafran youths in Imo State.
“This ongoing secret genocide has the endorsement of the Supreme Court Administrator of Imo State Hope Uzodinma to eliminate many of our innocent youths for committing no known crime other than going in flashy cars.
“We condemn the numerous deaths going on especially in this festive period in Imo State. The elders, religious leaders and traditional rulers in the region must ask Hope Uzodinma what the youths of our region committed against him that warranted these killings.
“Hope Uzodinma invited Fulani security agents to eliminate Imo youths and innocent people in the state. The traditional rulers, elders and religious leaders have suddenly gone into hiding in Imo State because of Fulani appointed-governor.
“He was appointed to perfect their agenda for the elimination of Imo youths. Imo youths have suffered at the hands of Hope Uzodinma and APC party. It's now very obvious that the Administrator of Imo State was appointed to kill our youths without any cause.
“The world should take note of these atrocities going on in Imo State and call the perpetrators to order. Hope Uzodinma, APC party and Nigeria government should allow Imo State youths to go around their lawful businesses this festive season.
“Amnesty International and other reputable human rights organisations should be aware of the evil perpetrated by the Nigerian Government against Imo citizens this time.
“They are just killing innocent people in the name of looking for ESN (Eastern Security Network-militant wing of IPOB) operatives. The gruesome killings going on now in Imo State are condemnable and unheard of.
“Why can't they take those they arrest to their station for interrogation instead of killing them extra-judicially. Key questions to ask: Were these youths arrested with arms? Were they violent? Where on earth is it a crime to ride a flashy car?”