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Politicians, their families leaving southeast over fear of attack — Report

There is a mass exodus of political leaders and their families from the southeast Nigeria for fear of attacks, OAK METRO learned on Saturday.

From attacks on police formations to attacks on political leaders and the campaign train, tension has increased in the south-eastern region where there are demands for a referendum on an independent state known as Biafra.

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, were blamed for the series of attacks, but the group continued to deny responsibility for the violence.

Williams Ukamaka, a youth leader for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra, told OAK METRO on Saturday that his party had asked its members to remain undercover or to leave the state to avoid being attacked or killed.

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“These gunmen are so deadly that no matter how many security personnel you have, they will attack you if they remember you.  So we told our people to leave or to keep a low profile,” he told OAK METRO.

Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the APC had suspended their campaign for the forthcoming election in Anambra, after a series of attacks on party members and political gathering.

In Abia, Enugu, Imo and Ebonyi, sources at government house say security has been tightened, but express fear that the attackers may still enter the government house.

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“So many political leaders are leaving Igboland as we speak, even the governors are afraid,” said a close source.

Emma Powerful, spokesperson for IPOB, had announced that from the Anambra elections scheduled for November 6, 2021, elections will not be allowed in the south-eastern region if its detained leader Nnamdi Kanu is not released government custody.

Despite the threat to disrupt Nigerian political activities in the region, IPOB has vowed to apprehend those responsible for the attacks in the southeast.

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