Emmanuel Ugwu , Umuahia
As anger escalates over the detention of 76 people from Ugwuneshi in Awgu local government area of Enugu state for defending their property and women against the Fulani herdsmen, the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) Tuesday issued a 72- hour ultimatum to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and free the detainees.
The pro-Biafra group also demanded for the immediate release of two women allegedly abducted by the herdsmen and have not been accounted for since they disappeared on their way to their farms.
The ultimatum was contained in a statement issued by the spokespersons of IPOB, Barrister Emma Nmezu and Dr Clifford Iroanya, saying that it was high time the President reined in the marauding herdsmen.
“Accordingly, the IPOB is hereby giving President Muhamadu Buhari 72 hours beginning from 6pm, Tuesday 29th March 2016, to release the 76 youths of Ugwuneshi community Awgu, together with the two women earlier abducted by the Fulani fighters,” IPOB said, adding that . “The Fulani flags flying over our ancestral land must also be removed within the same period.”
It warned that failure to heed its call would result to push it to bare its fangs and “the world will witness the first true feel of the anger of IPOB world wide”.
Recalling the events that led to the community, IPOB said that “the raw show of power and bravado by Fulani herdsmen at Umuneshi, Awgu Community of Enugu State just cannot be accepted by any civilized society”.