The apex apex socio-political youth group in the South East, Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, (COSEYL) has frowned at the attacks on Igbos and their properties in Sokoto state,TheNewsGuru.com can confirm.
COSEYL has hinted on reprisal attacks on Sokoto indigenes living in the South if they do not put a stop to the wanton destruction of lives and properties.
Recall that there was pandemonium on the streets of Sokoto by irate youths who felt aggrieved and also getting violent over the arrest of two suspected killers of Deborah Samuel a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education.
Deborah Samuel was alleged to have insulted Prophet Mohammed (SAW) through a message she sent on her class’ WhatsApp group
After outcries across the country condemning the incident, some of the perpetrators were arrested by the state’s police command.
Angered by the arrest, a large number of Muslim youths stormed several streets destroying churches and shops belonging to Igbos.
In reaction to the destruction of shops and properties, COSEYL via a statement made available to pressmen warned that there could be a reprisal attack if the attacks on Igbos and their properties do not stop.
The statement reads, “These attacks on law-abiding and innocent Igbo businessmen who have done nothing wrong to warrant such vicious and barbaric attack on them is uncalled for and we condemn it in its entirety.
“We warn the Sokoto indigenes to stop the attack and destruction of Igbo properties and goods forthwith. We want these miscreants to know that nobody has the monopoly of violence, they should stop or else, they will see us soon.
“The same way Igbos are living in Sokoto doing their legitimate business is also the same way Sokoto indigenes are living in the South doing their business”.
The coalition called on the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal to immediately arrest and prosecute those involved in the destruction of Igbo properties and churches.