Many Nigerians on social media have condemned the murder of a woman and her four children by terrorists suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the Orumba Local Government Area of Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria.
HumAngle reported that the victims, Harira Jubril and her four kids named Fatima, Aisha, Hadiza, and Zaituna, were killed by the terrorists on Sunday, May 22.
They were said to have hailed from Adamawa State in Northeast Nigeria. Speaking on the death of his wife with BBC News, the husband, identified as Ahmed Jubril, said the incident was his worst experience.
He added that his pregnant wife was supposed to give birth this week before being murdered.
“Fatima, my eldest daughter, was nine years old, followed by her sister, Aisha, who was 7, then Hadiza, five years old, and Zaituna, two years old.”
Giving an account of the incident, Jubril said his wife and kids were returning from her sister’s place where they went to spend the weekend when they were attacked.
“I went to work that day, and upon my return, my brother told me what happened. I later went to visit them in the hospital.”
He added that he is getting donations from people so he can transport the remains of his family to Adamawa State for burial.
HumAngle recalls that six other commercial motorcycle riders were also reportedly killed at Onocha LGA and their bodies were said to be deposited in the morgue on Sunday evening.
Ikenga Tochukwu, the Police Spokesperson in Anambra, said the security operatives would investigate the cause of the killings.
The latest incident has triggered public outrage on social media as many Nigerians called on the government to take necessary measures to end insecurity.
Famous activist, Aisha Yesufu said:
Another Twitter user with the handle @NnamdiAzikiwe wrote:
Multiple sources told HumAngle that the incidents have since forced many out of their homes because of fear of follow up attacks.
HumAngle also learnt that indigenes of the communities are also vacating their homes because of fear of reprisal attacks.
Declared as a terror group in 2018, IPOB, a separatist organisation, is demanding the creation of an independent state of Biafra in the Old Eastern Region of Nigeria, comprising the current Southeast and South-south regions.
They usually enforce sit-at-home orders to demand the release of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently in detention and charged with treasonable felony, unlawful possession of arms, and illegal importation of broadcast equipment at a Federal High Court in Abuja.
There have been concerns about the violent activities of the non-state actors that have eclipsed communities and cities in the regions.
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