The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has called on Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom to with immediate effect protect Igbo communities in the state from armed herdsmen masquerading as terrorists.
The IPOB leader disclosed this in a comminuque personally forwarded to Vanguard on Friday.
The statement partly read; "It has become very imperative that we the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, bring to the attention of Gov Samuel Ortom of Benue State how some terrorists masquerading as herdsmen are terrorising Igbo communities in his state. The unprovoked genocidal attacks by these murderous bands have intensified in the last one week.
"The world has to be aware of this atrocity which has persisted obviously because the governor failed to rise to his responsibility of protecting lives and property of these innocent Igbo communities in his state.
"Recently, the criminal herdsmen disguised as soldiers have abducted so many people in some Igbo communities. Samuel Ortom must take responsibility for securing these communities or IPOB would move in our gallant Eastern Security Network, ESN operatives to do the needful.
"For weeks now the people are being terrorised by hooded military men on evil mission.
These communities are living in fears and some have already run away from their homes.
"We can never allow terrorists to decimate any Biafran community. We will no longer tolerate any unprovoked attack against our people irrespective of where they reside. Governor Ortom must act now or ESN will rise to the occasion! ESN will launch a serious operation to chase the killer herdsmen out of Benue if he cannot protect Igbo Biafrans living in Benue.
"The Benue government must as a matter of urgency ensure that the Chief of Ataloga and others abducted are released, and no harm befalls them, otherwise, ESN will unleash its venon in the state against the terrorists.
"Based on our findings, the worst hit of killer herdsmen attack is Ataloga community where men in military uniform kidnapped three innocent locals. The victims include Chief of the community, Mazi Boniface; IPOB Coordinator and the youth leader of Ndigwe community. Others including Chief Simon Nweke from Ndiighe in Ado LGA; and Patrick Nweke, Youth President of Ndiighe in Ado LGA.
"Other Igbo villages under siege now in Izi, Oju LGA of Benue State are: Edele village, Ogbala Izi village, Onyenu village, Obokata village, Ekpuphu village and Idele Izi village. Others include: Ndi Nwankwo village, Osidi village , Usebe village, Eka village, Ikari village , Ameka village, Edear village and others.
"In Inikiri Izi in Ado LGA, the beseiged villages include: IniKiri village, Okputu village, Amaeka village, Ojiegbe village, Odun village, Echeri village, One village, and Odoke village. Others are Ameulla village, Obusirike village, Eri village, Epkekere Village, Ndigbaraoso Village, Odi Village, Opkoricho Village, and others.
"These are villages in Ebonyi State mistakenly carved into Benue State, and Samuel Ortom must secure and protect them. We need explanation why he failed to protect these harples folks from terrorists' attack.
"Intelligence report at our disposal indicates that these terrorists camped and operate from that axis, enter Ebonyi State, Enugu State, and Cross River State where they launch attack on our people and move back. But now IPOB and ESN are prepared, and won't allow them any breeding ground in our ancestral land!"