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Military Couple Murder: IPOB Denies Responsibility, Condemns Nigerian Army

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The Indigenous People of Biafra on Wednesday distanced itself from the killing of a military couple in Imo State.

This is coming after the Nigerian Army accused the group of being responsible for the murder of the couple.

IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, in the statement released on Wednesday described the accusation by the military as fallacious.

Recall that unknown gunmen killed the couple while on their way to their wedding in Imo State.

Powerful in his reaction to the murder accused the military of being responsible for their deaths.

He said, “Our attention has been drawn to the laughable and fallacious statement credited to the Nigeria Army that IPOB is responsible for the killing of the couple on transit in Imo State after their marriage ceremony.

“We, therefore, wish to place on record that IPOB has no hands in the said atrocity which is an abominable act in Igbo tradition.

“No true Igbo will hurt an in-law, how much more a married daughter (Ada) in Igbo land. Even the ancestors will avenge such wickedness.”

Powerful wondered when the military investigated to conclude that the military couple were killed by IPOB.

He further stated, “Before the Army jumped into their jaundiced conclusion that such abominable act was masterminded by IPOB, what investigations did they carry out to substantiate their claims?

“When have gunmen or criminals recruited by evil politicians in connivance with the same security agencies in their desperation to demonise IPOB, become IPOB members?

“They have always looked for an occasion to attack innocent Igbo youths. Who knows the number of innocent Biafrans they will rope in in the aftermath of this abominable act and tag them the suspects?”

Power charged the Nigerian Army to leave IPOB alone “because we are not unknown gunmen and those who are pursuing them” adding that “the monster they created is now after them, yet they keep pointing accusing fingers at us’.

“We understand their game plan. All they are after is to blackmail IPOB before our international friends who understand our predicaments in the region.

“Keen watchers who are honest can testify that any time hoodlums carry out their evil act in Biafra land the Nigeria Army or Police will rush to the press and say IPOB was behind it so that Google will be flooded with the stories that IPOB is now a terrorist organisation but we are not.

“But ironically when worse crimes are committed in the North by bandits and other terrorists in the North, the same hypocritical security agencies will keep mute.

“Nigeria security agencies should please leave us alone. We hate bloodletting. We are not killers. We have on our own been battling these same criminals, those we can lay our hands on that are unleashing sorrow even on our innocent people.

“IPOB/ESN made it categorically clear to all and sundry severally that we are not unknown gunmen and can never be, but because of hatred and envy, Nigeria Government and its security agencies have continued to link us with atrocities going on in our land.

“We are letting the world know that Nigeria Army and police are confused institutions. They are beclouded to see the truth because of their bias against us and delivering good jobs correctly.

“IPOB is and will remain a non-violent movement. No amount of blackmail by the Nigeria Government and its security agencies cannot make us change our resolve to restore Biafra through non-violence.”