Days after the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) claimed responsibility over the near-attack against former Governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, Niger Delta youths under the auspices of Concerned Youths of Niger Delta (CYND) have threatened to destroy properties owned by Igbos in Ikwerre land if an apology is not issued by the proscribed secessionist group.
The youth group drawn from the six Niger Delta states of Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Cross River and Edo described the attack as a ‘national embarrassment’.
In a statement issued by the groups’s National Coordinator Commander Chikaru Oronda Ndamati, the Niger Delta Youths who gave IPOB 7 days to issue the apology to Rotimi Amaechi added that they will appeal to the Federal Government “to take the matter before the international community to compel world leaders to always beef up security around Nigerian leaders on foreign trips”.
The statement read in parts..
“The IPOB should remember that all the Igbos in South-South have and do businesses in Rivers state particularly in Ikwere land, which happens to be Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’s ethnic nationality.
“We are going to destroy all the Igbo properties in Ikwere land and Niger Delta if they try it again. Ikwere ethnic nationality has four Local Government Areas in Rivers state including Port Harcourt City, Obio Akpor, Emohua and Ikwere Echie Local Governments.
“Having accepted the responsibility of the attack on Amaechi in Spain, IPOB should also be ready to take full responsibility for any reaction that will come out from their dastardly act if IPOB fails to tender apology within seven days.”