Southeast governors condemn online news alleging warning to FG over killing of IPOB members

David Umahi of Ebonyi State.


The Southeast Governors’ Forum has condemned an online news story alleging that they met and sent a strong warning to the Federal Government, urging it to “stop killing IPOB members.”

The Forum alleged that the online platform reported that all five Southeast governors purportedly met in Abakaliki on Wednesday, September 6, this year, where its Chairman, Ebonyi State Governor Nweze Dave Umahi addressed the press, “calling on the Federal Government to put to a stop, the incessant killings, brutal torture and unlawful imprisonment of innocent IPOB members by the military in our region.”

However, the Forum yesterday denied holding such a meeting, saying there was no truth in the publication, describing the story as not only fabricated, but also false in its totality and a figment of the imagination of its writer.

A statement signed by the director general, Prof Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, and Director, Media and Communication, Michael Udah, made available to The Guardian in Awka, Anambra State, noted that no such meeting held and the governors never at any point in time issued warning to the Federal Government or its agencies or did they write any of its military commands or formations.

“Umahi is currently out of the country and was not even in Ebonyi State on the said Wednesday, September 6, 2017, when the alleged emergency meeting purportedly took place.

“No Southeast Governor (or their Deputies) attended any meeting, emergency or regular, in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State on the said Wednesday, September 6, 2017. The story is not only fabricated, but also false in its totality and a pigment of the imagination of its writer.

“Accordingly the governors condemn, in the strongest terms, this deliberate falsehood intended to undermine the milestone already recorded in their engagement with IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, and the entire leadership of IPOB.

“The Forum reaffirms its belief in the amicable resolution of all issues, especially as it relates to agitations by IPOB.”The Forum, therefore, urged the Federal Government, its military commands and formations and indeed the general public to disregard in its entirety and totality, the said report, as it is untrue and unfounded.They equally demanded the immediate retraction of the false story and an apology in the same medium.



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