Group Threatens To Drag IPOB Leadership To ICC Over Killings Of Northerns In Abia

The Conference of Minority Tribes of Nigeria has
said it will drag the leadership of the Indigenous
People of Biafra (IPOB) to the International
Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague following the
alleged killings of some northerners in Abia.

The group which condemned the killings of the
northerners, described it as a crime against
Addressing a press conference on Monday in
Abuja, Secretary General of the group, Comrade
Samson Ayodele Babalola said these killings
mark a new low in what had been cordial
relations between ethnic nationalities in Nigeria
that have always accepted each other as family.
He said 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.
He 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.”
He warned that if not urgently tackled, the new
dimension may lead to the Rwanda Genocide of
1990, in which members of one ethnic group
tried to wipe out the other.
He said further, “it is also not too early to begin
to monitor the online activities of IPOB members
that are carrying out their own brand of
radicalisation. They work hard to build public
anger against anything Nigerian online making it
difficult for their moderate sympathisers to
contribute to national discourse without coming
under threats. This has greatly shrunken the
space for intellectual discourse and actively
endorsed promotion of violence against the state
as a precondition for being considered loyal to
IPOB ideals.”
He explained that there are rules internationally
set out for pursuing self-determination and this
is the only acceptable option for those with the
bend of mind as the murderous campaign of the
paid killers running IPOB violates every known
He 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.
“This is an unbearable narrative that must be
condemned by all irrespective of tribal or ethnic
affiliations. It is a matter of time before IPOB
separatists turn on the rest of us if we remain
silent on this matter.
As for those sponsoring this national blight called
IPOB, it is not too late to return to the path of
national integration.”