The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has ordered the arrest and immediate prosecution of Northern Youths, who are signatories that ordered Igbos out of northern Nigeria.
The spokesperson for the governor, Samuel Aruwan, who address a press brief in Kaduna said the governor has directed the Attorney General in state to file charges against the youths that gave the ultimatum asking Igbos to leave the north, while urging Northerners in the South-East to leave the area from October 1, 2017, which happens to be Nigeria’s Independence Day.
The declaration was signed by various groups which include Arewa Citizens Action for Change, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Arewa Youth Development Foundation, Arewa Students Forum and Northern Emancipation Network, but it is unclear if known officials of any of the groups actually signed the document.
They cite as reason for their decision the pro-Biafran activities of some Igbo, centred around the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), saying their latest action and similar confrontational conducts “amount to a brutal encroachment on the rights of those termed as non-indigenous people residing and doing lawful businesses in those areas illegally demarcated and defined as Biafra by the Igbo.”
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