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Ohanaeze Ndigbo disowns Sanwo-Olu’s appointee, Joe Igbokwe over claims that IPOB are planning attack on Lagos

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Lagos has refuted claims by Joe Igbokwe, the Special Adviser Drainage and Water Resources to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu that members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are planning to attack Lagos.

NDIGBO LAGOS REFUTAL TO JOE IGBOKWE’S
INCENDIARY FALSE CLAIMS
We at Ndigbo Lagos have just listened to the video
making the rounds in the Social Media today 9th May
2021. In the said video Mr. Joe Igbokwe, a Political
appointee of Lagos State Government and Special
Adviser Drainage and Water Resources claimed
insider knowledge of a clandestine plot by some Igbo
youths who he believes are IPOB members, to kill, to
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burn down police stations and public infrastructure in
Lagos.
NDIGBO LAGOS the umbrella body of all Igbo
organizations in Lagos, wish to state as follows:
1.That we are saddened by the claims of Mr.
Igbokwe, which we believe are mischievous,
false, baseless and inciting.
2. That the governments of the South Eastern
States of Nigeria and various security agencies in
the country have initiated investigations to
unravel the persons behind the killings and
destruction of properties in the South East, and
we believe strongly in their competence and
ability to unravel the masterminds and bring them
to justice.
3.That as usual with such serious investigations the
Police and other Security Agencies expect
support through information from responsible
citizens of which Joe Igbokwe being a
government insider is very much aware of and in
a good position to comply with.
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4.That rather than do this, Mr. Igbokwe
irresponsibly went to town with his personal
conclusions on who these perpetrators are and
what evil they are planning for Lagos,
notwithstanding the ongoing official
investigations. This probably goes to suggest that
Mr. Igbokwe knows more than the ordinary eyes
could see, and should be invited by the relevant
security agency to clarify his source which he
claims is credible.
5.That the Lagos State government had initiated
and conducted investigation on what happened
during the EndSars protest, and are well
equipped with relevant information on the
perpetrators of that heinous act.
6.That the Igbos were not the cause of the Biafran
war, and have no intention to engage into any
acts as may suggest any intention of such in the
foregoing circumstance.
7.That we condemn in clear terms the killings going
on all over the country, including in the South
East, and sympathize with the families of officers
and civilians, who have had to endure the loss of
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their dear ones. We pray their soul to rest perfect
in the bossom of our Lord!
8.We wish to reiterate that Igbo youths are NOT
killers, neither are they arsonists, but are
positively recognized as hardworking
contributors to the development of our country.
We have been victims rather than perpetrators of
killings, burnings and looting in Nigeria.
9.That it has become expedient for us to issue this
rebuttal, in the light of the hightened tension in the
country, being convinced that some malevolent
minds may take advantage of Mr. Joe Igbokwe’s
recklessness with unsubstantiated rethorics to
spread mistrust, cause disunity and escalate
mischief in such manner and disguise, as may
cause fingers to be wrongly pointed at the Igbos
in Lagos. We therefore call on Mr. Joe Igbokwe
to desist from reaching hasty conclusions, and
spreading of falsehood.
10. We enjoin Ndigbo across Lagos to go about
their normal buisness. And should not engage in
any unlawful acts that would endanger the good
relationship we enjoy with the people of Lagos
State.
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11. Finally, we want to remind Mr. Igbokwe that
respect for the elderly is one of the cornerstone
of Igbo values and civilized behavior. Hence, we
call upon him to retrace his steps and apologize
to Chief Mbazulike Amechi for the
unconscionable remarks he made against him.

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