Former Anambra State Governor, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has dismissed claims that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are behind the violence and killings in the South East.
Naija News reports that the region has been under security threat following a series of killings and violence that may hamper the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.
But in an interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight on Monday, Ezeife stated that the attacks in the South East are being carried out by some people within the system and non-easterners.
He claimed that the perpetrators are also behind the attack on the Nigerian Correctional Services and the Police Headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Ezeife stated that his claim followed the statement made by the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, that more than 70 percent of the attackers of the facilities were not easterners.
He said, “Remember when the incident in Owerri Prison happened when the unknown gunmen started, those people who were the unknown gunmen, Governor Hope Uzodinma said more than 70 per cent of them were not from the east.
“That happened months before Nnamdi Kanu came back, now the Akunyuli case. My own people saw it happen.
“My PA, driver and the other people who saw this thing happen never saw any group of people claiming responsibility or saying there will be no election.
“I cannot clearly say that nobody from IPOB is responsible. There are bad people everywhere, there may have been people especially at the beginning who acted violently and those people may be from Anambra.”
The former governor however berated IPOB for threatening the governorship election in Anambra, adding that the Biafra group is lying and their intention is to mislead the people.
“The issue of those people saying there will be no election in Anambra State is a lie intended to mislead the people,” he said.