South-East youths want killers of Igbo traders arrested

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The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders has called security agencies and the Kano State government to fish out those behind the murder of two Igbo traders in the Sabon Gari area of Kano on Saturday night.

A battery dealer, Ifeanyi Elechukwu, aged 41, and Chibuike Emmanuel, aged 33, were reportedly invited to sell goods to a customer at about 8.50 pm and they were shot dead.

The Islamic State West Africa Province formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād has claimed responsibility for the killing of the two businessmen.

The terrorist group, in a statement on Monday, said the attack was carried out by “soldiers of the caliphate.”

The terror group described Elechukwu as a spy of the Nigerian Army.

The latest claim by ISWAP came a few days after it said its men attacked police checkpoints in Ondo and Edo states.

Reacting in a statement issued in Enugu, COSEYL condemned “the gruesome murder of the two Igbo legitimate businessmen who did nothing wrong but were killed on premise that they are informants to the military.’’

The COSEYL statement was signed by its President General, Mr Goodluck Ibem.

It read in part, “What business do men who travelled to Kano to look for their daily bread have with being informants of the military?

“The tale by moonlight stuff about the assassination of Elechukwu and Emmanuel does not add up at all. We suspect foul play in the death of these two young men in their prime.

“It is on record that Mr Peter Obi was in Kano State over the weekend to make some consultation about his presidential ambition, where he met with the Emir of Kano to solicit his support, and two Igbo traders were killed by 8.50 pm on the same Saturday Obi was in the state after being accused of being military spies.”


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