President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday condemned the execution of two policemen allegedly in the Southeast.

The policemen were said to have been killed by persons believed to be separatist elements in the region.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which described the killings as barbaric, denied that its security arm, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), was responsible.

The President assured Nigerians that peace will soon return to all parts of the country.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, President Buhari commiserated with the families of the victims and others who have lost loved ones “in different theatres of insecurity”.

The statement reads: “President Buhari sympathises with families of policemen reportedly murdered in the Southeast by misguided separatist elements, who videotaped the bestial killings and proceeded to share it widely on social media.

“The President laments the horrific nature of the bloodletting, which indicates that some minds are completely overtaken by hatred and reduced to the basest level imaginable.

“Noting that the three abducted policemen, two of whom were later brutally executed, were serving the country, and providing security to those who ironically turned against them, President Buhari sends heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, praying for God’s comfort in their deep sorrow.

“He equally sympathises with all those who have lost loved ones in the different theatres of insecurity that had rocked the country, charging them to take solace in the inevitable victory of good over evil.

“As the areas where insecurity was once fiercest in the country experience some measures of calm now, President Buhari assures that the same would be replicated around the country, and the people would no longer mourn and sorrow from the wanton loss of lives.”

IPOB: ESN not responsible 

IPOB disassociated itself from the alleged beheading of security agents in the viral video.

In a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, the group described as spurious an allegation that it was responsible for the murder.

“We wish to state unequivocally that IPOB and ESN are disciplined freedom movement and security outfit respectively.

“Therefore, such barbarity as seen in the said video is not, has never been and will never be part of our modus operandi.

“The perpetrators of such barbarism are neither IPOB nor ESN operatives. IPOB has remained a non-violent movement since inception.”