The apex socio-political body of the Igbos, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has asked the Federal Government to investigate a recent attack on the Igbo in Taraba State.
There were reports that shops belonging to Igbo traders in the Dan-Anicha area of Taraba State were destroyed and looted, during an attack on Igbo by suspected Fulani people on June 3, 2018.
The Igbo Union in Taraba State has already petitioned the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishiaku, and the national leadership of Ohanaeze, over the development.
In a statement on Sunday, Ohanaeze asked the Federal Government to investigate the attacks, and bring the perpetrators to book.
In the statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Emeka Atama, the group also demanded compensation for the traders whose shops were destroyed and looted during the incident.
Condemning the attack, Ohanaeze noted that the Igbo residents of Taraba were attacked in the course of a clash between the Fulani and the Tiv.
The statement partly read, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo has called for a stop to the recurring practice of Ndigbo being made to bear the brunt of any conflict between other ethnic groups in the northern parts of the country.
“there was nothing Ndigbo in Taraba state had said or done to warrant the mayhem unleashed on them by their northern brothers on that day — a recurrence of similar attacks on Ndigbo living in the north in the past.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo observed that it was when the Fulani went to attack a Tiv settlement but found out that their firepower could not match that of the Tiv, that they (Fulani) decided to attack the Igbo, who probably had complied with the Inspector-General of Police’s order to surrender their weapons.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo is calling on the Federal Government to carry out a thorough investigation into the matter and bring the perpetrators to book and make restitution to those who lost their property in that dastardly act.”
Ohanaeze, in the statement, further expressed concern that reports of the incident revealed that, for more than 12 uninterrupted hours, “operatives from different security outfits were standing by and watching as Igbo traders and their families were running helter-skelter for their dear lives, while their attackers were carting away their wares and property and burning the rest.”
“Ohanaeze wonders if it was under this kind of intimidation, harassment and daylight robbery that the Inspector-General of Police was asking people to surrender their guns and become sitting targets for their tormentors,” the group noted.
Ohanaeze added, “A situation where law enforcement agents stand aside and watch as people from another ethnic group are being harassed or killed means only one thing, defend yourselves. Such a situation made nonsense of the order by the IGP and could engender a civil war.”