The reports of an attack on the Igbos who were vacating North and returning to South-east have been condemned by the Kaduna State government and the Igbo leaders.
Government officials and top Igbo leaders have refuted claims alleging that Igbos were ambused in a luxurious bus on their way back to the east, as it was circulated on the internet in pictures and audio.
Governor Nasir El-rufai’s Senior assistant Media & Publicity, Samuel Aruwan and Chief Chris Nnoli, the President of Igbo Community Welfare Association, swiftly waged in to debunk such unverified report.
Mr. Aruwan who said the attention of the Kaduna State government was drawn to the inciting picture and audio message. “In the image and voice recording they alleged that some Igbos were ambushed and killed in Kaduna State.
“The mischievous narration went on to claim that the attackers murdered Igbos, women and children alike and burnt them in luxurious bus.
“The evil eyewitness then advise Igbo resident in Kaduna and other Northern Nigeria to return home, but avoid travelling en-masse, perceiving that mass slaughter awaits them on the way.
“It is obvious to note that some evil forces are so determined in creating panic and discord in our society. But the government is determined to see that peace reign, holding meeting with Igbo community leaders in Kaduna, Kafanchan, Zari and other places.
“The story of Igbo attack is pure lie and very mischievous. Just like our communities, Igbo are also safe.
“The Governor El-Rufai-led administration will continue protect, defend and uphold the rights of everyone residing in the state.
“With every sense of responsibility, we reiterate that Kaduna state is a safe place for everyone who choose to reside here.”
THe Igbo leader, Nnoli also lament the report, urging his kinsmen and kinswoman to disregard the rumour. “No man, woman nor children were ambushed or attacked in the state. No need to panic, please go about your normal business activities in Kaduna state”.