The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has accused government hoodlums sponsored by security agents of killing an Anglican priest in Nkwere Local Government Area of Imo State.
Naija News recalls that unknown gunmen had assassinated the Nigerian Anglican Communion priest, Rev Emeka Merenu.
It was gathered that the Anglican priest was killed on Tuesday morning over allegations that he brought in soldiers to secure the Church and School under his supervision.
The killers had set the priest car ablaze after murdering him.
Following the killing, people had linked the killing to IPOB who had earlier declared a sit-at-home over those killed during an attempt by security agents to arrest Nnamdi Kanu in Afaraukwu in 2017.
Reacting in a statement to newsmen on Thursday, IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, distanced the group from the killing of the priest.
According to Powerful: “The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by liberator and prophet of our time, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to distance ourselves from the alleged killing of an Anglican priest in Nkwere LGA of Imo State on Tuesday.
“IPOB has nothing to do with such barbarity. Anyone pointing accusing fingers at IPOB for such a dastardly act is only doing so to demonise IPOB. We don’t Kill let alone a priest is not part of our mandate.
“It will be unfair for people to finger IPOB for crimes committed by government hoodlums, most times sponsored by security agencies and enemies to portray us in the bad light.
“It is not in our DNA to kill an ordained priest who was not in any way working against Biafran restoration.”