Friday 22nd September, 2017
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Arms Scare: Don't use Nnewi to kick-start ethnic war - LG boss

Arms Scare: Don't use Nnewi to kick-start ethnic war - LG boss

The Transition Com­mittee Chairman of Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Rt Hon Chukwudi Orizu has warned mischief makers peddling rumours of im­ported guns into Nnewi not to kick-start an eth­nic war with the name of the commercial town.

Hon Orizu, in a phone chat yesterday, described the trending rumours and falsehood of arms smuggled in by Boko Ha­ram terrorists into Nnewi which have made the net agog and on fire on the falsehood and rumour of Boko Haram terrorists stealthily smuggling arms into Nnewi as very unfor­tunate.

The council boss not­ed that the unfounded rumour is capable of igniting ethnic clash be­cause of the strategic importance of Nnewi as the home of the natural leader of Ndigbo, Chief Chukwuemeka Ojukwu.

“Many people may wrongly believe the ru­mour and start attacking the Hausa people in other places in the South East with the possibilities of repercussion in the north, that is why it is important for our people to know that such never happened here,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the Com­mander of Nnewi Area Command of Nigeria Po­lice Force, Mr Ikechukwu Odokoro (ACP) speak­ing on behalf of other security agencies in the area said the rumour is unfounded and that a combined security team are fully on the ground to cater for security needs of the people.