The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, COSEYL has alleged that some elements in the Pro-biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, are behind series of attacks in Anambra State.
COSEYL, in a press statement signed by its President-General, Mr Goodluck Ibem said the elements’ intention is to work against the release of IPOB’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The youths said the elements chose Anambra to be launching attacks because Governor Chukwuma Soludo had started working towards the release of Kanu, and they feel the release of the Biafra nation agitator would affect their own agenda.
According to the release: “The gunmen burning government properties in Anambra are doing so because they are not happy with Soludo’s move to secure Nnamdi Kanu’s release.”
The group added: “Governor Soludo after his swearing-in as the Governor of Anambra State made a categorical statement that he was going to mobilize his colleagues and notable Igbo leaders to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu and called on civil servants to go to work on Mondays.
“After making the statement, heaven was let loose as gunmen and arsonists from nowhere started burning down local government Secretariats in the State and even made an attempt to attack the house of the Governor.
“The actions of the gunmen showed that they were not interested in the release of Nnamdi Kanu but only want the Monday sit-at-home to remain and not tempered with despite being cancelled by IPOB leadership.
“These gunmen and their sponsors know fully well the consequences of their actions and are very serious doing it. The reason for their actions point to one fact, that they are not interested for the release of Nnamdi Kanu from DSS custody.
“The sponsors of these gunmen don’t want Nnamdi Kanu released maybe because of their personal benefits, which will cease if Nnamdi Kanu is released, hence the attack on anyone who dares to make a move to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu,” COSEYL said.
COSEYL said many prominent Igbos have spoken against the Monday sit-at-home and nothing has happened, but immediately governor Soludo disclosed his intention to work towards the release of Kanu, they became agitated.
“We should not be deceived over what is happening in South East. Some people are getting heavy financial benefits over the incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody.
“If Nnamdi Kanu returns, their business will cease to flourish and they will not be getting money hence the attack on anyone who wants to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu from DSS custody.
“What is happening today is not agitation, but pure criminality and banditry. The killings going on presently in South East must stop,”