The Onitsha fire outbreak, which left several people dead, destroyed property worth millions of Naira, has been described as a terrorist attack by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The fire broke out after a tanker, said to be laden with fuel, fell at Ochanja market, Onitsha, Anambra State on Wednesday.
However, IPOB, in a statement in response to the incident, which was released by its spokesman, Emma Powerful on Thursday, claimed that the incident was a terrorist attack, aimed at achieving population reduction.
The group queried why tankers driven by northerners often explode, or the brakes of their trailers always fail in the South-East.
“With a profound sense of deep sorrow and sadness, we commiserate with all the families and communities that lost their loved ones over the terror attack in Onitsha on the 16 October, 2019.
“This is not the first time an articulated lorry or a tanker laden with inflammable liquid has been involved in mass fatalities in Onitsha or other parts of Anambra State.
“The consistency with which such mishaps happened in the southern part of the country had clearly shown that they were being executed by certain persons.
“The story is always the same, it’s either their trailer had brake failure or their tanker exploded, all resulting in massive loss of lives and destruction of individually-owned businesses.
“We the Indigenous People of Biafra call these callous and wicked acts for what it is- a cowardly terrorist attack designed by those evil men determined to exterminate we Biafrans from the face of the earth.
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“This massive loss of lives and businesses in Onitsha is most unwelcome.
“Why must tankers driven by northerners always explode in the south or the brakes of their trailers always fail in Biafraland? It is time now for our people to wake up to this new reality of population reduction,” the statement read.