A factional Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State Of Biafra (MASSOB) has said the directive of the Inspector General of Police calling for the disarming of vigilante groups in the country is a plot to make way for armed herdsmen to unleash more mayhem on their host communities.
The IGP, Ibrahim Idris, had ordered state Commissioners of Police to, as a matter of urgency, disarm all militias, vigilantes and other armed protective units set up by state governors across the country.
“No State government in this country has the responsibility to approve prohibited firearms to any Nigerian under any guise.
“And I think it is the responsibility of CP’s of commands to put close watch to the activities of some of these governors that are arming individuals against the laws of this country.
“All of us are aware about these prohibited firearms.
“You cannot give approval to any individual to own a pistol. You cannot give an approval to any individual to own an AK-47, rifle.
“These are prohibited weapons and only the government has that authority to give that approval.
“So, I want to call on our Commissioners of Police of various commands: you have to be on the close watch [against] these abuse of authority at various levels,” Idris said.
But reacting, the Comrade Uchenna Madu led group called on the people of Southern and Middle Belt part of Nigeria to be security conscious and should rise and defend their regions from those it described as “bloody marauding intruders known as Fulani herdsmen.”
In a statement signed by its National Director Of Information of MASSOB, Edeson Samuel, the separatist group called on Ndigbo and all Biafrans to be security conscious wherever they are because according to him, it was another genocidal plan against the Christians, Biafrans, Middle Belt and South west.
“Disarming of the local security agents is to make way for the attackers, the Fulani herdsmen whom their plans is to conquer the south and middle belt. If the south and middle belt are disarmed then the Fulanis will operate with their AK47 without resistance from any community they attacked.
“MASSOB is calling on all the youths from South West, South South, Middle Belt to rise and defend their regions from these bloody marauding intruders known as Fulani herdsmen. MASSOB and all the genuine pro-Biafra agitators will always defend our father’s land from these terrorist Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram Islamic fundamentalist. Their main agenda is nothing but to islamize the entire Southern Nigeria and Middle Belt region as they did in the Northern region and part of kwara state.
“They want to accomplish their failed plans of 1966 to 1970 Biafra Nigeria war. MASSOB is calling Ndigbo and all Biafrans to be security conscious wherever they are because this is another genocidal plan against the Christians, Biafrans, Middle Belt and South west. Ndigbo should know that who ever that is surrounded by enemies always guard his life all the time.
“MASSOB wish to remind our people that similar things happened in 1911 when Turkey disarmed its citizens, from 1915 to 1917 which gave way to the murdering of about 10 million Armenians. In 1938 Germany disarmed it’s citizens between 1939 to 1945, it also led to the killing of over 6 million Jews by Germans.
“Also, in 1964, Guatamala disarmed her citizens from 1964 to 1981 over 100,000 Mayan Indian where murdered. It also happened in China, Russia and Cambodia. This is exactly what President Mohammadu Buhari led APC government of Nigeria want to execute in southern Nigeria and Middle Belt region.
“Since the Security machinary of Nigeria is in the hand of President Buhari and his kinsmen, we must not sleep with our two eyes closed. After the killing of innocent Biafran citizens in Enugu, Abia, Delta, Benue, Ebonyi and Plateau States, the IGP could not order his men to arrest or disarm his Fulani herdsmen brothers who has been terrorising the entire southern Nigeria and middle belt region,” the group said.