Uche Mefor did not resign as the IPOB Deputy Leader but was sacked, a new memo issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a secessionist group in Nigeria, has revealed.
Naija News recalls that a pro-Biafra activist and former IPOB Coordinator in Ivory Coast, Emeka Gift, had said that Uche Mefor resigned and also floated a new radio station called: “Biafra Human Rights and Freedom Radio (BHFR)”.
After the news of Mefor’s resignation emerged, IPOBscrapped the office of the deputy leader. Confirming the scrapping of the Deputy leader position in a statement on Friday, head of IPOB Directorate of State China Edoziem accused Mefor of “insubordination and disobedience”.
In a memo, the Head of Directorate of IPOB noted that Mefor was instructed by Kanu to be attending unit meetings of the group in the United Kingdom as well as paying monthly dues like every other member. He was accused of disobeying the instruction and instead gave the excuse that as the deputy, he is equally entitled to some privileges as Kanu.
Edoziem accused Mefor in the memo of unilaterally sacking the National Coordinator of IPOB in the United Kingdom (UK), which the group said he has no right to do without informing Kanu.
The memo noted that Mefor later sacked the UK Coordinator but Kanu rejected the sack and converted the disciplinary measure to suspension. This was said to have triggered the present rivalry between Mefor and his boss, Kanu.
“He transferred the aggression on Kanu and other members of the group by writing to the British Home Office with the objective to ruin and nullify every asylum chance of IPOB asylum seekers in the UK,” the IPOB memo alleged.
The memo revealed that the letter allegedly written by Mefor according to Edoziem has made it impossible for IPOB members in the UK to receive favourable hearing at the tribunals. Edoziem said that Mefor on several occasions had confronted Kanu, thereby exhibiting gross misconduct and indiscipline.
“Following these sins committed by Mefor, he has now been expelled as an IPOB member while his position according to Edoziem has been abolished by the leader of the group, Kanu”, the group declared.
However, Mefor while reacting to the allegations and claims by Kanu on his sack from IPOB, insisted that he remains a member of the group and urged members to shun such propaganda.
“Did anybody tell you that I have resigned from IPOB, of course I’m still a member and you should not listen to propaganda”, Mefor said.