Plateau killings orchestrated act of genocide – Ohanaeze

Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo
Worldwide, has described the killing of over 150 persons from some communities
in Barkin Ladi, Mangu and Bokkos Council Areas of Plateau State as an
“orchestrated act of genocide”.


The group said it received with a rude shock the gruesome
massacre of some persons in the two communities in Plateau State by gunmen.


Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President General of Ohanaeze
Ndigbo, made the condemnation in a statement issued by the National Publicity
Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, on Wednesday in


Iwuanyanwu said he was in his village in Imo State for the
Christmas holidays when he received the awful news.


The Igbo leader described the killing, burning of houses,
indiscriminate shootings and displacing of residents as an orchestrated act of


He wondered why in this modern age and civilization, the
country, Nigeria, was still posting the brutish, cruel and barbaric news of
mass killings of such magnitude.


The President General lamented that the Federal Government
had refused to heed the Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s call for Restructuring and State
Policing System as a panacea for the incessant losses of lives and property in
the various states of the country.


According to him, it has become very obvious that the
federal security architecture has proved very ineffective for the diverse


The Igbo leader noted that such heinous and cowardly
killings had persisted because in the past the perpetrators of such savage acts
often went unpunished.


“I therefore urge President Bola Tinubu to do everything
possible to bring to book those behind the callous crime in Plateau State,” he


He directed the Igbo leadership in Plateau State to extend
all forms of solidarity with the immediate families of the deceased, the
displaced and the sundry victims of the catastrophe.


“On behalf of all the sons and daughters of Igbo, we send
our condolences to the governor of Plateau State, His Excellency, Caleb
Mutfwang, the good people of Plateau State and the Middle Belt Forum led by Dr
Bitrus Pogu.


“I pray the Almighty to grant the souls of the deceased a
blissful repose in His bosom,” Iwuanyanwu said. 


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