The South East Governors Forum have set-up a seven-man committee to investigate the alleged clash between men of the Nigerian Army and some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB,
The South East Governors Forum Director of Media Communications, Michael Udeh said the committee is expected to submit its report during the next meeting of the Forum on September 15.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Udeh explained that the committee was set up to find a lasting solution to such problems and forestall future occurrences.
According to Udeh, the governors were consulting with relevant stakeholders in the zone including the military to ensure clarity of positions.
Reports in the social media that the governors condemned the alleged attack on IPOB members are false, but instead, they are working assiduously to bring lasting peace and stability to the zone.
I did not tell any medium on the social and print media that the governors condemned the incident as they would soon meet to review the situation.
I urge my colleagues in the media to exercise decorum in their reportage to avoid creation of false and embarrassing impressions about sensitive national issues.
Meanwhile, the South East Senate Caucus on Tuesday decried the ongoing military show of force in the South East, particularly in villages around Umuahia, Abia State.
The caucus, in a statement issued by its chairman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, also condemned the alleged military incursions into the country home of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, saying “such action suggests willful personalisation of the operation and deliberate abuse of the people’s fundamental right.”
Abaribe expressed sadness that the military chose a time when the caucus has engaged the IPOB leadership and even extracted firm commitment from them that its agitation would be strictly non-violent and in conformity with international best practices.
The statement said:
We had hoped that our ongoing engagement with the group be given a chance, and here we are, with a hurried military action deep into a highly populated area with high propensity for casualty, which occurrence would rather escalate the already tense situation.