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Group vows to drag IPOB to ICC over alleged killing of Fulani herdsmen

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The Conference of Minority Tribes of Nigeria (CMTN) has indicated its readiness to drag the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to the International Criminal Court, ICC, at the Hague, over alleged killing of some Fulani herdsmen in Abia State.

It would be recalled that the Department of State Services, DSS, had alleged that IPOB killed and buried five Fulani Herdsmen in a forest in Abia State.

According to the group, the alleged killing of the northerners is a crime against humanity.

However, IPOB, in its reaction to the DSS allegation, said it is a lie from the pit of hell.

The pro-Biafra group, accused the DSS of trying to ignite another ethnic pogrom in Nigeria.

CMTN’s General Secretary, Comrade Samson Babalola, who spoke at a press conference on Monday, in Abuja, said these alleged killings marked a new low in what had been cordial relations between ethnic nationalities in Nigeria that have always accepted each other as family.

According to him, other ethnic groups strongly condemned government forces when it clamped down on IPOB’ protests and had even planned sympathy marches in support of IPOB and its leaders that are being detained.

Babalola said: “However, by killing these innocent people, whose only offence is possibly that they were of a different ethnic stock from IPOB, these separatists have proven that they do not deserve and must never get the backing of other tribes and ethnic nationalities in the country.

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Continuing, Babalola said the Conference of Minority Tribes will drag those named by the DSS in these killings before the ICC.

“We had earlier condemned in totality the incessant herders clash with farmers which Nigerians can attest to and the principle of justice and fairness demands that every Nigerian should speak up when there is any perceived injustice in the land”, the group stated.

IPOB has however denied the allegation, adding that the DSS was only trying to ignite another cleansing in the country by making Igbos in the northern part of the country come under attack.

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