Igbokwe insists IPOB wants to bomb Lagos, Ndigbo says its plot to blackmail Igbo
By Samuel Ogunsona
Ndigbo Lagos have has dismissed All Progressives Congress, (APC) topshot in Lagos Joe Igbokwe’s claim that an Igbo group plans to bomb Lagos.
Igbokwe had reechoed Police claims that Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, (IPOB) were planning to bomb Lagos.
In his reaction made available to Irohinoodua, Ndigbo Lagos in a statement signed by Prince Tony Eze
Director of Communication and Strategy described Igbokwe’s claim as a red herring.
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, burn down police stations and public infrastructure in Lagos.
NDIGBO LAGOS the umbrella body of all Igbo organizations in Lagos said it is saddened by the claims of Mr. Igbokwe, which it believe are mischievous, false, baseless and inciting.
It noted that help the government to identify threats 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. 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” Ndigbo said.
The group noted 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.
Ndigbo Lagos condemns 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 their dear ones. We pray their soul to rest perfect in the bossom of our Lord!
The group stated “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. 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”
The group asked 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. It also reminded Mr. Igbokwe that respect for the elderly is one of the cornerstone of Igbo values and civilized behavior, hence called upon him to retrace his steps and apologize to Chief Mbazulike Amechi for the unconscionable remarks he made against him.