The northern state of Nigeria, Kano may have latently turned into a genocidal killing field for the non-indigenes of the State – particularly the indigenes of the south east region of Nigeria, the Igbos. Information made available to 247ureports.com through the top boss of the Kano State Chapter of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Tobia Idika revealed that 38 Igbo indigenes have lost their lives between November 10, 2012 and January 22, 2013 – as a result of the religious violence orchestrated by Jihadists under the name of Boko Haram.
According to the Ohaneze top boss, the killing of Igbo people have gradually been on a steady increase – since the renewed hostiles by the operatives of Boko Haram. He cited the lackadaisical attitude of the Kano State administration towards the rampant killings of south easterners as one of the chief reasons the Jihadists have continued to murder south easterners unchecked. For this reason, the Jihadists managed to instill fear into all the families of south eastern origin resident in Kano – to the extend that business activities have grounded to a halt.
“On Tuesday, January 22, 2012, three Igbo sons were gunned down by unknown men on motorbike – hours after the governor banned the use of Okada – and the governor and his people did not even send a condolence message to the family or even comment publicly or privately on the matter” – the Ohaneze top boss said while adding that the cries of the Igbo family in Kano appears to be falling on deaf ears – as the government of Kano State appears unconcerned about the unfolding genocidal wave.
The November 2012 murder of two young brothers [Chisom, 18 and Nonso, 21 – the sons of Gabriel Ejikeme] from Umuennem, Otolo Nnewi in Anambra State at Hotoro Quarters in Kano by Jihadists on motorbikes – showcased the body language of the Kano State Government towards the incessant killings of south easterners.
Available information reveals that the Kano State government through its representative, Boniface Ibekwem was said to have travelled to Otolo Nnewi for the burial of the two brothers – on behalf of the Kano State government. At the burial, the Kano State representative presented a cheque of N400,000 to the family on behalf of the Kano State government – for condolence.