Tony Opuiyo said the killing, which has revealed the ‘gruesome’ activities of IPOB operatives, has triggered tension among different communities in Abia State.
The allegations were levied against members of the IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu by the SSS on Saturday, April 9, 2016.
In a report by Premium Times, the agency said IPOB carried out the massacre of the northern Nigerians as part of its efforts to destabilise the country.
Speaking on behalf of SSS, the spokesperson, Tony Opuiyo said the killing, which has revealed the ‘gruesome’ activities of IPOB operatives, has triggered tension among different communities in Abia State.
“The Service has uncovered the heinous role played by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), in the abduction/kidnap of five Hausa-Fulani residents, namely Mohammed Gainako, Ibrahim Mohammed, Idris Yakubu and Isa Mohammed Rago at Isuikwuato LGA in Abia State,” Opuiyo said.
“The abducted men were later discovered at the Umuanyi forest, Abia State, where they were suspected to have been killed by their abductors and buried in shallow graves, amidst fifty (50) other shallow graves of unidentified persons.
“Arrest and investigation conducted so far, revealed that elements within the IPOB, carried out this dastardly action,” he added.
“It is pertinent therefore to alert the general public that IPOB, is gradually showing its true divisive colour and objectives, while steadily embarking on gruesome actions in a bid to ignite ethnic terrorism and mistrust amongst non-indigenes in the South-East region and other parts of the country.
“Following this act, tension is currently rife among communal stakeholders in the State with possibilities of spillover to other parts of country,” Opuiyo said.
Nnamdi Kanu has been standing trial for treasonable felony since he his arrest on October 17, 2015, after entering Nigeria from the UK where he lives.