The Department of State Services (DSS) has disclosed that its operatives discovered mass graves of Hausa-Fulani residents kidnapped and killed by the members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia state. The DSS has taken over Umuanyi forest near Aba, where at least 55 people were said to have been supposedly buried in graves by the IPOB. The service further blamed IPOB members of the abducting and murdering of five Hausa-Fulani men whose remains it said were buried in the same forest. The DSS disclosed this through the statement by its spokesman Tony Opuiyo in Abuja on April 9.
It reads in part: “Service has uncovered the heinous role played by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra in the abduction/kidnap of five Hausa-Fulani residents, namely Mohammed Gainako, Ibrahim Mohammed, Idris Yakubu, and Isa Mohammed Rago at Isuikwuato LGA in Abia state. “The abducted men were later discovered at the Umuanyi Forest, Abia state, where they were suspected to have been killed by their abductors and buried in shallow graves, amidst 50 other shallow graves of unidentified persons. “Arrests and investigation conducted so far revealed that elements within the IPOB carried out this dastardly action.” The DSS spokesperson added that it was pertinent to alert the general public that IPOB was step by step showing its true divisive colour and objectives, while steadily embarking on gruesome actions in a bid to ignite ethnic terrorism and mistrust amongst non-indigences in the South-East region and other parts of the country. However, the new leader of MASSOB, another Biafra-related group, Uchenna Madu, recently stated that the activists would remain resolute on their peaceful agitation. IPOB is being led by Nnamdi Kanu, who is being prosecuted by the Federal government for supposed treasonable felony. The security service also alleged that arrested Boko Haram deputy commander, Khalid Al-Barnawi, was responsible for the bombing of the United Nations (UN) building in Abuja, on August 26, 2011 and the attack on troops in Okene, Kogi state, while in transit to Abuja.