The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described as laughable and disgraceful statement alleging that its members were responsible for gruesome murder of eight northerners living in Orogwe, Imo State.
The group accused the Federal Government and her security agencies of colluding with the Ebubeagu to kill innocent people to blackmail it.
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary Emma Powerful, IPOB warned the Nigeria Police and its sister security agencies operating in the area to leave the group alone to sanitize its territory of terrorists.
It reiterated that it would never attack any peaceful individual or group doing legitimate business in the Southeast, insisting it was only after sponsored terrorists in forest and bushes in the zone.
The separatist group regretted that out of 100 countries it operates, it is only in Nigeria that it is demonized, blackmailed and killed extra judicially.
The statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to the laughable disgraceful, unguarded and fabricated statement alleging that IPOB members were responsible for the gruesome murder of eight northern people living in Orogwe, suburb community in Owerri, Imo State.
“It is unfortunate that Nigeria Government and her Security Agencies would descend so low to collude with the Ebubeagu militia that was created by Hope Uzodinma and his government to kill innocent people just to blackmail IPOB.
“IPOB has not and will never attack any peaceful individual or group of people doing legitimate business or trading in our territory. We are only after are those criminals created by Nigeria Securities and bandits they brought into our territory masquerading as Fulani herdsmen who kidnap for ransom, rape our women and murder our farmers in our forests and bushes.
“IPOB will never succumb to pressure and blackmail from pursuing those terrorists masquerading as herdsmen in our bushes and forests. ESN has been dealing and dislodging those sponsored terrorists and will continue to do so until they vacate our Forest and bushes. Therefore, Nigeria Police and its sister security agencies operating in Biafraland should leave IPOB alone to sanitize our territory of terrorists.
“IPOB has severally said that we have nothing against Hausa people living peacefully and do their legitimate businesses, anybody linking IPOB to the recently attack in Imo State is doing that to demonise and blackmail IPOB.
“In over 100 countries where IPOB operates, the people and their Governments acknowledge that IPOB is a peaceful movement and family seeking for freedom from its Nigeria Pharoas. Only in Nigeria that IPOB is demonized, blackmailed and killed extra judicially like terrorists like no human beings.
“IPOB did not harm or kill anyone in Imo State on Monday because we are peaceful and have not indulged in enforcing non-existent Monday sit-at-home order. We are focused on rescuing Biafrans from damnable Nigeria Republic.
“We wondered why Nigeria government using their stooge in Imo State causing confusion and collaborating with Ebubeagu militia to murder innocent citizens while using the Police and DSS agents to shield them.
“Biafrans should be aware that Nigeria compromised security agencies are complicit to the numerous kidnappings for ransom and killing of innocent citizens in the East which they maliciously blame it on IPOB and ESN. They are doing all these barbaric activities to place IPOB in bad light to our people and International Community.
“Every Biafran, including good spirited Nigerians Knows that IPOB are not involved in the unwanted killings going on, if our people we are paying heavy price to protect would be easily deceived by enemies that means they are not worthy to be dying for. BIAFRA enemies can do their best to stop us but in the end BIAFRA will be restored completely because Elohim is behind the struggle,” IPOB said. o