The youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has challenged the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) to produce evidence of its recent claims of Northerners being killed in the Southern part of the country.
Emmanuel Yawe, the National Publicity Secretary of the ACF had claimed citizens of Northern extraction living in the Southern part of the nation numbering about 30 have been killed since the now aborted protests demanding an end to police brutality escalated into violence.
Mr Yawe alleged that aside being killed, Northerne residents in the south were also being harassed from going about their businesses.
But in its response, the Igbo youth group, in a statement by its Secretary-General, Nnabuike Okwu, described the claim as fake news and baseless.
Mr Okwu also advised Northern leaders to get their facts right before going public to make claims.
“The alleged harassment and killings of Northerners have been discovered to be baseless, and there is no iota of truth in the claim,” he said.
“We urge Northern leaders to cross-check their facts on some of these security issues before going public. No sane Southerner can touch any Northerner, because we are one and we have lived peacefully among ourselves.
“ONYC categorically denies 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,” Okwu added.