Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has stated that the south-east geopolitical zone does not want to leave Nigeria and create Biafra Republic.
Naija News reports that Umahi stated this on Thursday at Aso Villa in Abuja during the weekly State House Briefing.
The Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum also stated that the zone does not want war.
According to the Ebonyi governor, the situation in the South-East is a mixture of “reality, fake news and war propaganda”.
“Are there rightful agitations in the South-East. Yes. Has it turned violent? Yes. It’s been hijacked,” he said.
The governor also added, “In the South-East, we don’t want war, we don’t want to secede, we want to be a part of a fair Nigeria where justice, equity and freedom exist.
“I believe in dialogue, and that we can sit down to know and resolve our differences and strengthen our cooperation as a people.”
Meanwhile, a police officer identified as Loveday Obilonu has been killed by suspected gunmen in Owerri, Imo State.
The police sergeant who was shot and killed in his village of Okwu-Uratta in Owerri North Local Government Area of the state was attached to the Department of operations of the state police command.
It was gathered that Obilonu was shot by the gunmen inside a gutter where he was apparently asked to lay.
It was further reported that the corpse of the officer was moved by his uncle, Val Okara with the aid of the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Orji Divisional Police Headquarters, to Aladinma morgue in Owerri.