- Ohanaeze Ndigbo has reacted to reports that members of IPOB are planning to unleash mayhem in Lagos state
- The group claimed that Igbos have a lot at stake to think of contemplating any act of violence in the southwest state
- According to Ohanaeze, members of the region are not known for acts of violence
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group has stated that its people have so much at stake in Lagos to contemplate any act of violence that will affect the peace of the state.
Chief Everest Ozonweke, the secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, made the remark in reaction to rumours that members of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) are planning to attack the state, Vanguard reports.
Recall that a report by Premium Times indicated that the Lagos state commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu, identified threats by members of IPOB to attack soft targets in Lagos.
According to Ozonweke, Lagos remains the location with the highest concentration of Igbos which is also the second home of the people outside Ndigbo land.
While condemning any act that will lead to a breach of peace, Ohanaeze gave the assurance that Ndigbos are not violent people neither are they known with acts of violence.
The secretary called on any group or people nursing devilish ideas to launch an attack to be aware that heavy consequences await anyone that is caught.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Lagos police command disclosed that security operatives in the state are investigating Yoruba separatists groups and members of IPOB over-reported threats to attack.
Odumosu, during a security meeting in Ikeja on Monday, May 10, called on the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to security agencies.
In a related development, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group accused the Nigerian Army of deploying only Fulani-Hausa military commanders to the southeast in a bid to "massacre Igbo youths".
The group also claimed that that the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, gave a secret ‘shoot-on-sight order’ to soldiers deployed to the southeast, adding that the alleged move was a call for another “pogrom and genocide.”
Ohanaeze, therefore, cautioned the federal government to refrain from the use of force in resolving the present national crises.