The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, has reprimanded the Arewa Consultative Forum,(ACF), on their new statement that northerners were being extinguished in southern region of Nigeria by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

The group said the reports by the northern socio-cultural group(Arewa), as a gimmick to intricate issues and stir up crisis against Igbos living in northern parts of Nigeria.

According to the statement jointly signed by OYC President, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Secretary-General, Okwu Nnabuike and forwarded to newsmen on Wednesday, emphasized that there was no killing of northerners in the South-East region as it claimed by Arewa Consultative Forum,(ACF).

Ngrealnews gathered that Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has cried out over alleged killing of northerners in Southern parts of Nigeria.

The group also asked the federal government to urgently call the various state governments to establish a panel of inquiry into the alleged recent extinguished of northerners in the region.

Emmanuel Yawe, who is the ACF National Publicity Secretary, said in his statement in Kaduna that, the forum got a report from ACF state chairman in Rivers State, Alhaji Ibrahim Tukur Tudunwada that northerners living in Rivers and Abia states were being held in tight corner by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

The statement asked on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly intervene to save the lives of the affected northerners.

The reports said that about 30 northerners have been extinguished, while 50 buses, trailers and trucks belonging to northerners in the those states have been damahed by IPOB.

However, Ohanaeze youths, restored confident that, the leadership of Arewa Consultative Youth Forum,(ACYF) led by Alhaji Yerima Shettima of the sure guarantee of northerners in the South-East region, appealing them to remain resolute to the mutual agreement attained with Ohanaeze Youth Council,(OYC), on the safety of Igbos in northern Nigeria.

The statement read in parts: “Information available before the Igbo Youth Leadership on the allegations against south East raised in the media by Arewa Consultative Forum National Publicity Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Yawe, that over 30 people killed, 50 trucks and trailers belonging to northerners were destroyed by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), OYC views this latest claims as a ruse and ploy to complicate issues and incite violence against Igbos in the North.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, Worldwide, had investigated across 95 Local Government Areas of South East on the alleged harassment of northerners but discovered that there was no iota of truth from the allegation by Alhaji Emmanuel Yawe, to the public. We urge northern leaders to cross-check their facts on Security issues before going public.

“The allegations by ACF on the killings of northerners in the South East is mere rumours, falsehood and fake news. Igbo youths challenge Emmanuel Yawe, to produce the video clips of the said killings in the south East as northerners are safe, doing their normal businesses without any form of intimidation or harassment in the zone”.

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