President Muhammadu Buhari has said those killing innocent people in the southeast should expect a tough response from security forces.
He condemned the viral videos of killing innocent people, calling them “wild and barbarous.”
Buhari said, “In the issuance of his very strong condemnation of these “wild, barbarous and wanton killings of innocent people” in the South-East, as well as the other parts of the country, which he described as “deeply distressing,” the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted his principal as saying in a statement issued on Wednesday.
“The Presidency wishes to caution against any knee-jerk reactions, the creation of panic, disruption of lives and livelihoods, or even retaliatory violence following the viral videos of the alleged killings of non-indigenes by the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and its mother terrorist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
“While expert agencies are now verifying the factuality and veracity of the claims that accompany the horrid pictures being circulated, we call on all citizens to avoid hasty steps or conclusions that could exacerbate the situation and, on the contrary, keep to a line of conduct that will help the law to take its proper course”, the statement added in parts.
The Presidency also warned the public against indiscriminately sharing posts on social media to deny vested interests the opportunity to divide us and cause disruption.
President Buhari’s response comes just days after gunmen killed at least 12 people in Anambra State, including a pregnant woman and four children.
According to a community leader, the pregnant woman and her children returned home on a motorcycle taxi when gunmen ambushed them in the state’s Orumba area.