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IPOB tags Onitsha fire terrorist attack as group tells Obiano to resign

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The Indigenous People of Biafra has described the Onitsha fire caused by a tanker explosion as a terrorist attack.

In a statement by IPOB’s Media and Public Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group said, “With a profound sense of deep sorrow and sadness, we commiserate with all the families and communities that lost loved ones over the terror attack in Onitsha on October 16, 2019.

“This is not the first time an articulated lorry or a tanker driven by terrorist laden inflammable liquid has been involved in mass fatalities in Onitsha or other parts of Anambra State.

“The story is always the same, it’s either their trailer had brake failure or their tanker exploded, all resulting in massive loss of lives and destruction of individually owned businesses.

“We the Indigenous People of Biafra call these callous and wicked acts for what it is- a cowardly terrorist attack designed by those evil men determined to exterminate Biafrans from the face of the earth.”

Meanwhile, a group, Igbo National Council, has asked Governor Willie Obiano to resign immediately from office.

The group’s President, Chilos Godsent, who spoke to our correspondent in Owerri on Thursday accused Obiano of displaying “arbitrary negligence and gross ineptitude” which led to the fire outbreak at Ochanja market on Wednesday.

The group asked the Anambra State House of Assembly to begin the impeachment process on Obiano if he refused to resign.

He said, “Investigation revealed that the inferno was as a result of bad spots at Upper-Iweka along Onitsha-Owerri Road, which caused a petrol tanker carrying fuel to fall, resulting in outburst of fire that destroyed the entire livelihood of over two hundred thousand Nigerians.

“We note that the said bad spots at Upper Iweka along Onitsha-Owerri Road cannot cause Anambra State Government more than N2,000,000.00 to repair.

‘On the foregoing, the Igbo National Council therefore call on Governor Willie Obiano to immediately resign as governor of Anambra State for his arbitrary negligence and gross ineptitude that has caused the Igbo race a monumental colossal and irreparable human, political and economic damage.”

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