A video of the kidnapped chairman of Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State, Chris Ohizu, kneeling in a wooded area was released by some gunmen terrorizing Southeast Nigeria.
Last Friday, Ohizu was kidnapped from his house in the Imoko neighborhood of Arondizuogu town.
According to reports, the assailants opened fire on the chairman’s home after shooting him in the leg and hurling him into a waiting car.
Ohizu was visible crouching in a tangle of bushes in the video that SaharaReporters was able to obtain.
In the video, one of the shooters can be heard threatening to assassinate Hope Uzodinma, the governor of Imo State.
He also warned the Nigerian government not to hold the 2023 general elections in the region.
“Hope, hear the voice once again, you see this man kneeling down here, carry that your face up. Hope, I know you must know this man. I want you to watch the video, watch it very well, the way I’m killing this man is the way I’ll kill you very soon,” he was heard saying.
“You think moving around with soldiers, hiring soldiers will solve the problem. Hope, I thought you are a sensible man. I don’t know that you are a foolish idiot.
“Enough is enough that we must fight that Biafra is restored. Hope, either you people like it or not, as far is Eastern region is concerned, there is no election. We can’t accept that, if not, you people will be dying one after the other.”
The clip however did not show whether the council chairman was later killed.
The South-East region has witnessed increasing attacks on security agents, government facilities and prominent individuals following the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Although IPOB has denied culpability for the spate of attacks and killings in the geopolitical zone, security agencies have blamed the atrocities on the separatist group.