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IPOB threatens to kidnap, kill five Southeast governors, Umahi says



Ebonyi State Governor , David Umahi , has raised the alarm concerning an alleged threat by some members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to kidnap five Southeast governors .
The governor added that the kidnappers threatened to kill the victims after they may have collected ransom .

They also vowed to commit suicide after the entire operation , Umahi said .

He said the renewed threat came via text messages sent to his wife .

The governor warned that Ebonyi State was not among the region that formed the so- called ‘ Sovereign States of Biafra as proclaimed by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra .

Umahi , who also serves as Chairman of the South East Governors ’ Forum, however noted that some of the agitations of IPOB were genuine but for the approach being deployed in realising their objectives .

He disclosed this on Sunday at Nkwegu Military Cantonment in Abakaliki , the state capital, during the official flag off Operation Python Dance ( Egwu Eke ) Phase III by the Nigerian Army .

He said , “ The GOC , you are coming at a time we had note from our brothers and sisters of IPOB sending text messages that there will be no elections and insulting the leaders , particularly the southeast governors .

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“ Just a few days back , they sent text message to my wife that the five governors of southeast would be kidnapped and that their ( IPOB ) security would overpower that of the governors and after ransoms are paid , they would kill them and kill themselves .

“ That is laughable ; although as a leader in the zone , I must say that some of their complaints are genuine ; but the approach is very bad . That is why the leaders of southeast are not in support of their approach . ”

“ So , I use the opportunity to ask that other geopolitical zones have youth pressure groups , but these groups should not have same approach as IPOB .

“ And so we are not against them , but their approach . And as Chief Security Officer of the state , I do not welcome them .

“ Ebonyi state is not part of Biafra . We are a sovereign state , and we don’ t want to be colonised again, as we are a state demanding better treatment in the affairs of our nation .

“ I know they will attack me on social media , but it doesn ’ t stop what we are doing . ”