‘To Europeans, Igboland is a haven of kidnappers, ritual murderers…’

Leader of the Nigerian Igbo Community in Europe, NICE, Chief Chris Ebede, has revealed that South-East Nigeria (Igboland) is perceived as a haven of criminals in the United Kingdom and some countries in Europe.

Ebede while leading a delegation of NICE to Anambra, said the South East state in particular, is believed to be insecure and dangerous.

He said the assumption that the South East region was filled with armed robbers, kidnappers, advanced fee fraudsters and ritual murderers- is unfortunate and largely untrue.

He noted that such misrepresentation had resulted to a gradual decline of social and economic infrastructure in the south-eastern states and also the neglect of the zone by the Federal Government.

Ebede said another ripple effect of the erroneous categorisation is the poor and dishonest leadership and governance style of the governors from the region.

“Another negative report was abysmal lack of employment generation facilities especially for youths in the zone which has exacerbated the rate of crime in the zone which, in this case, was true in the recent past in Anambra State, resulting, among other repercussions, in our people residing outside the state,those in diaspora not visiting home to contribute to the development of the state,”

He added that Igbos in diaspora were not happy with the reports, hence the constitution of the fact-finding delegation to the South-East.

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