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Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Ohanaeze Ndigbo demands protection for non-natives
Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo recently disputed the figures that the Joint Task Force released saying the Monday bomb blasts in Kano had not killed 12 as they reported but 45 and most of the victims were Igbos. Now the Kano State chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to move towards protecting the Igbos living in Kano.
President of the group, Tobias Idika in a statement, said: “Ndigbo in Kano call on President Goodluck Jonathan to make haste and protect the lives of citizens resident in the northern part of the country, particularly, in Kano.”
“On Monday, July 29, between 9 and 9:30 pm terrorists invaded Sabon Gari, an enclave carved out for non-natives and planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), which exploded almost simultaneously at Enugu/Igbo Road, near International Hotel, and on New Road, directly opposite the popular Ado Bayero Square, precisely at No. 38, 39, 40 and 41. “At No 41, New Road, the Christ Salvation Pentecostal Church was also bombed at the peak of evening worship.
Ohanaeze’s said they can confirm 39 deaths in New Road and six in Igbo/Enugu Road as they arrived the scenes at about 9:30 pm and witnessed the moving of dead bodies; and also unspecified numbers of people who got injured,SunNews onlinereports.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo, however, can recall that this is not the first time terrorists invaded Sabon Gari, particularly on New Road. As a reputable organization, we call for adequate security of lives and property in northern Nigeria.”
“We register our deep sympathy and only hope that those in authorities, including security agencies will brace up and take decisive action to end this carnage, man’s inhumanity to man,” Idika said.