By John Shiklam in Kaduna
The Kaduna State government has expressed concern over a picture and audio in Igbo language, claiming that some Igbo relocating to the South East were ambushed and killed in Kaduna State.Â
Samuel Aruwan, spokesman to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, at a news conference on Friday in Kaduna, said the audio being circulated was the handiwork of mischief makers and urged members of the public to disregard it. Â
“The attention of Kaduna State Government has been drawn to an inciting picture and audio message stating, that some Igbos relocating to Eastern Nigeria were ambushed and killed in Kaduna State.Â
Â “According to the audio being circulated in Igbo language, the Igbos in question were ambushed in a luxurious bus conveying them to Eastern Nigeria.Â
“The man behind the mischievous narrativeÂ who also claimed to be at the scene, went further to lie, that the attackers slaughtered Igbo, including women and children and that their corpses were burnt along with the luxury bus.Â
Â “The so-called eyewitness then appealed to all Igbo residing in Kaduna and rest of the North to relocate to their states of origin. And to also avoid travelling enmass considering mass killings that awaits them in the North.Â
Â “It is clear that some dark forces are bent on sowing and creating panic in our communities” the statement said.
Â Aruwan who was flanked at the news conference by Igbo leaders in the state, said the story was false and calculated to create tension and tarnish the image of the state.
Â “As you can see, we are here with the leadership of the Igbo community in Kaduna State.
The story is entirely false and mischievous. The Igbo community in Kaduna is safe, like all our communities. Nobody is being attacked and nobody is relocating in fear” he said.
Aruwan said the Kaduna State Government, under the leadership of Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, will continue to uphold and defend the right of every resident of the state to live in peace.Â
“Our state is a safe place for all that choose to call it home.Â
â€œThe government vigorously condemns the use of social media for purposes of incitement, falsehood and to cause distress to citizens” he said.Â