On Friday, October 22, Nigeria's Minister of Justice and Attorney of the Federation Abubakar said Indigenious People of Biafra (IPOB) and its members were responsible for killing of security personnel, burning and destruction of public and private properties running into billions of naira during #EndSARS protest in October 2020.
In a briefing on Friday, Mr Abubakar Malami minced no words in blaming Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB led group as masterminds of the nationwide wanton destruction and killing spree that followed #EndSARS protest last year.
According to him, Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently standing trials on treasonable felony, incitement of the citizens to take up arms against the government of the day and other charges at Abuja Court, actively ordered and directed IPOB members and loyalists to attack security personnel and facilities in Lagos and other states while the #EndSARS protests last across the nation.
He said that IPOB leader achieved this through his online broadcasts which later culminated into dastard attacks on shopping malls, banks, hospitals, police stations, correctional facilities, the Palace of Oba of Lagos, and vehicles especially the scores of BRT buses in Lagos.
“As a result of these broadcasts, members of IPOB attacked and killed security personnel and burnt down police stations, correctional centres, INEC offices, bus terminals, the Palace of Oba of Lagos, Banks, hospitals, shopping malls and vehicles, amongst others,” Minister Abubakar Malami's statement read.
IPOB members and Abubakar Malami.
Shortly after the Minister's view of what he thought had transpired during the October 20, 2020, youth unrest was published by the People's Gazette, many Nigerians had not only raised eyebrows about Malami's statement but call for concrete evidence if any to back up his claim.
Furthermore, they said that the Minister could as well blamed IPOB for the recent burning Abuja-Kaduna train and the insecurity in the entire North. They simply found it hard to believe Mr Malami's statement as they for his evidence if any.
They were particular about the claim that the secessionist group was responsible for setting ablaze of the Palace of Oba of Lagos and the Lagos State acquired BRT buses meant to make life easier for Lagosians and ease traffic in the state.
And this has made the writer of this article to ask a vital question: Could AGF Abubakar Malami be right that IPOB group was responsible for the burning down of the Palace of Oba of Lagos, BRT buses, and other infrastructural facilities in the post #EndSARS protest, before it was brought to a halt following accusation of security personnel firing live rounds at the unarmed protesters at the Lekki Tollgate on the evening of October 20, 2020?
In my opinion, Mr Malami could be right going by large scale destruction and killings seen in the South East with regard to agitation for a Biafra Republic. And one may not be wrong to ascribe the wanton destruction and killings in the region to demand for Biafra Republic by any means.
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