A pastor (name withheld) and others have been listed by the Indigenous People of Biafra as the kingpin of the criminal elements code-named unknown gunmen terrorising the Southeast.
The group, according to The Nation in a statement from its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said the pastor and his alleged accomplices were once IPOB members before they became “fallen angels.”
They insisted the group (IPOB) was never behind the ongoing insecurity and criminalities in the region and called on the government to fish out the real perpetrators.
The statement reads in part: “In Anambra State, our painstaking investigation revealed the Kidnapping syndicates gang leaders. These men are also not members of IPOB and do not represent the cherished values of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
“The above mentioned people who recently joined IPOB came with very dubious and criminal intents. However, our well tested and trusted guiding principles exposed their ulterior intent and motive and unworthy of being part of the noble IPOB family and were therefore expelled to avoid contamination with disciplined members of IPOB.
“The public should note that the above named persons were sponsored by the Nigeria Government and its compromised security agencies particularly DSS and Army personnel to join IPOB ESN when our leader Mazi Nnamdi kanu called for massive resignation of Biafrans from the Nigerian Security forces and join the ESN to protect their motherland against marauding Fulani terrorist Herdsmen.
“We have fought so hard and will continue to expose and dislodge these agents in our midst and in our land. Of note is that some of these vernims fluently speak Igbo language, dress as Igbo man but they are Fulani and their main target was to destroy IPOB and ESN members and destroy Biafraland.
“However we promise them that they will regret their actions soon as we are ever determined to expose and confront them.
“We wish to reiterate once again that IPOB has never been part or behind the ongoing insecurity and criminalities in our dear region and against our people for whose security and safety the ESN was established.
“IPOB formed and inaugurated ESN to checkmate Fulani terrorist activities in the region and would never get involved in such evil and wicked acts as kidnapping for ransom.
“We are working towards exposing to the public those behind the ongoing criminalities in Anambra State, Enugu State and Imo State.
“Those behind this devilish activities are neither IPOB nor ESN members as always unfortunately “alleged” and we cannot allow them to succeed in our land.”