The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has said neither its group nor its security outfit, Eastern Security Network, has had any form of confrontation with security operatives in any part of the country as alleged by the government and security agencies.
The separatist while denying any involvement in the killing of 128 security personnel in Imo State, alleged that security operatives are carrying out house-to-house abduction and killing of youths in the South-East to incriminate its group.
Naija News understand that the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, in a statement, accused the Nigerian Army and other security agencies of desperately ploting to incriminate IPOB and ESN to justify the continued extrajudicial killings of their members.
The statement read in part, “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra has been drawn to the fallacious and fabricated statements credited to the Commander, 34 Field Artillery Brigade Obinze, Gen. Raymond Utasaha, and Commissioner of Police, Imo State, Alhaji Abudu Yaro, that IPOB killed 128 security personnel in Imo State.
“The statements are not only fabricated but ridiculous and untenable. How could IPOB that is not armed be able to kill as many as 128 security personnel in one state? What an illogical and ridiculous claim.
IPOB insists they did not kill any security personnel in Imo or any state, adding that since its inception, it has remained a peaceful movement with the sole mandate of restoring Biafra.
It added: “We have not changed our non-violent philosophy for the restoration of Biafra. If for any reason we need to change our peaceful approach, we shall make the same public, but for now, we have not gone into an arms struggle, and don’t intend to.
“It will be necessary again to clarify that IPOB is not, and should not be taken for ‘unknown gunmen’ that have been reportedly having issues with security agencies in parts of the country, especially the defunct Eastern Nigeria. IPOB should not be held responsible for the activities of a group not commissioned by us.
“Importantly, the Eastern Security Network set up in December 2020 has no relationship whatsoever with the unknown gunmen. ESN was a child of circumstance established to resist the killer herdsmen rampaging our communities. ESN operatives are in the forests where they are keeping their appointments with those invading our ancestral land,” IPOB added.
Meanwhile. the general overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries (OFM), Apostle Johnson Suleman, has taken to his social media to tackle the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed,.
This comes after the minister held a press conference on Wednesday, June 2, hours after Twitter deleted President Buhari’s tweet in which he referred to the civil war.