Ohanaeze has made a revelation about the rising rate of kidnappings and killings in the southern part of Nigeria
– The president general of Ohanaeze, chief Nnia Nwodo, said some Igbo miscreants hide under herdsmen’s atrocities to kidnap and kill innocent people
– Nwodo, however, urged Igbo traditional rulers, town unions and local vigilantes to fish the miscreants out and hand them over to law enforcement agencies
The president general of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, chief Nnia Nwodo, has said that some Igbo were taking advantage of the attacks of herdsmen in the region to kidnap and murder innocent people.
News reports that he lamented how local traditional rulers and vigilantes were abetting the killers in the region.
News gathered that in a statement issued on Saturday,Nwodo claimed that southern Nigeria has witnessed very unusual security breaches.
“Assassinations, kidnapping and invasion of one or two holy places have been reported in the social and regular media,” he added.
He, however, praised the actions of security personnel in the region while calling on traditional rulers to complement the efforts to keep southern Nigeria secured by handing over killers and kidnappers in their communities to relevant authorities.
He said: “Worthy of note is the arrest of those responsible for the murder of two catholic priests and the kidnap of a traditional ruler. Useful confessions have been made. As we speak, 1,700 forest guards are being recruited. New access roads are being constructed into desolate and hidden areas of our forests.
“Ohanaeze also notes that a few miscreants among us have exploited the Fulani rampage to engage in kidnapping and murder of innocent citizens. We urge our traditional rulers, town unions and local vigilantes to fish them out and hand them over to law enforcement agencies.”