Ohaneze Youth Council, OYC, has denied allegation of killing and harassment of northerners in South-East.
Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, had recently in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Yawe, accused the South-East of killing over 30 northerners since the #Endsars protest.
ACF, according to media reports, also claimed that over 50 trucks and trailers belonging to northerners were destroyed in the south.
In his reaction, president-general of OYC, Okechukwu Isiguzoro in a statement also signed by the group’s secretary general, Okwu Nnabuike, advised northern leaders to cross-check their facts on security issues before going public.
It described the allegation as a ruse and ploy to complicate issues and incite violence against southerners in the North, adding that after investigation on the alleged harassment of northerners, it discovered that there was no iota of truth in the claim.
The statement read: “OYC categorically deny these allegations by ACF on the killings of Northerners in the south as mere rumours, falsehood and fake news, and we challenge Emmanuel Yawe to produce evidence of the said killings.
“Northerners are safe and doing their normal businesses without any form of intimidation or harassment in the Southeast.
“We want to reassure the Leadership of Arewa Consultative Youth Forum led by Alhaji Yerima Shettima of the safety of Northerners in the southeast and urge them to remain committed to the mutual agreement reached with OYC on the safety of Ndigbo in the North.”