Kaduna state government in conjunction with lgbo community leaders in the state has described as entirely false and mischievous, the inciting picture and audio message being spread in the social media that some Igbos relocating to Eastern Nigeria were ambushed and killed in Kaduna.
In a joint press conference in Kaduna Friday, the state government in collaboration with Igbo leader in the state said the statement is an imagination of some ‘dark forces’ bent on sowing seed of discord and creating panic in the communities.
Led by Samuel Aruwan, who is media aide to the governor of Kaduna state, and the security officer, Yusuf Yakubu, the group vigorously condemned the use of social media for purposes of incitement, falsehood and to cause distress to citizens.
“The Igbo community in Kaduna is safe like other communities,” they said, stressing that nobody is being attacked or relocating in fear as claimed. The statement added that, “As you can see, we’re here with the leadership of Igbo Community in Kaduna state. The story is entirely false and mischievous.”
According to the audio being circulated in Igbo language, the statement was interpreted to mean that “The Igbos in question were ambushed in a luxurious bus conveying them to Eastern Nigeria when the incident occurred.”
They stressed that “The man behind the false story, who claimed to name the scene of killing, further lied that the attackers slaughtered the Igbos, including women and children, and that their corpses were burnt along with the bus.
The government also called as false the statement that, “The so-called eyewitness then appealed to all Igbos residing and lingerie in Kaduna state and other parts of the North to relocate to their states of origin, and avoid travelling en mass, considering the mass killing awaiting them in the North.”
Kaduna state government under the leadership of Governor El-Rufai would, according to the statement, continue to uphold and defend the right of every resident of the state, to live in peace, stressing that the state is safe place for all that choose to call it home.
Leaders of Igbo Community, numbering about six, who accompanied government representatives, denied seen, knowing and heard of any incidents of that nature where Igbo people were slaughtered or killed as speculated by the social media. They appealed to Igbos to shun any romour of killing and go about their legitimate businesses.