The pregnant woman, Harira Jubril and her four female children, Fatima, 9; Khadijah, 7; Hadiza, 5 and Zaituna, 2, killed by militants of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were buried amid tears Wednesday in Awka, Anambra State.

The husband of the woman, Jubril Ahmed, told changed his plan to transport the corpses to his hometown in Adamawa State because the bodies were not preserved and had started decomposing.

He, however, said he was relocating to Adamawa to start a new life as the outlawed group had wiped out his entire family.

He said, “As I’m talking to you now, I’m on my way to Adamawa State my hometown and I’m relocating there completely to start a new life over there from the beginning, as they have eliminated my whole family.

“The governor of Anambra State, Chukwuma Charles Soludo, has supported me with N500,000 and I also appreciate my friends and relatives who have been supportive since when the incident happened,” he said.

Responding to a question, Jibril said: “All the people from the North have vacated for fear over their safety, they’ve all returned home; while others are on their way back.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday condemned what he called “wild, barbarous and wanton killings of innocent people” in the South-East and the other parts of Nigeria.

Buhari, in a statement yesterday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, warned the perpetrators of the “deeply distressing” acts to expect tough response from the security forces.

He also cautioned against any knee-jerk reactions, the creation of panic, disruption of lives and livelihoods, retaliatory violence following the viral videos of the alleged killings of non-indigenes by the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and its mother terrorist group, IPOB.

He said expert agencies were now verifying the factuality and veracity of the claims that accompanied the horrid pictures being circulated.

He called on all citizens to avoid hasty steps or conclusions that could exacerbate the situation, urging them to keep to a line of conduct that will help the law to take its proper course.

He also cautioned the public against the indiscriminate sharing of posts on social media so as to deny vested interests who seek to divide us and create disturbance the chance to do so.