The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has disassociated itself and its security outfit, Eastern Security Network (ESN), from the murder of the traditional ruler of Obudi Agwa in the Oguta Council area of Imo State.
Naija News learnt that the separatist group disclosed that the late monarch had no problem with IPOB and ESN.
IPOB condemned the gruesome killing of the traditional ruler and said it has no hand in the barbarism act, adding that the group cannot be involved in the killings of innocent citizens of Biafra.
The group’s reaction follows President Muhammadu Buhari’s call on the police and other security agencies to thoroughly investigate the murder of the traditional ruler and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Recall that gunmen suspected to be youths from the community, on Monday, stormed the monarch’s palace, and opened fire on the gathering of village leaders in a meeting at the place killing Eze Asor and two others.
However, the group in a statement signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, also appealed to the authorities to properly investigate and identify perpetrators of the act.
IPOB said “HRH Eze (Dr) Ignatius Asor of Obudi Agwa of Oguta had no problem with IPOB and ESN. IPOB and ESN don’t kill our own.
“IPOB has no hand in this barbarism and we cannot be involved in killing innocent citizens of Biafran that we are dying and going to prison to save. We commiserate with the families of the Monarch and those murdered in cold blood at Obudi Agwa in Oguta LGA, Imo State.
“Command spokesman of the police in Imo State, CSP Micheal Abattam should stop their usual public deception and properly investigate and identify the killers of this Royal Father instead of blaming IPOB. The game of arranging innocent people and having their claim to be IPOB members or ESN operatives so as to justify their blackmail is over.
“We are urging all Traditional Rulers, and Religious Leaders in Biafra Land to understand that there is danger and all should beef up their personal securities. There is danger ahead because our enemies are relentlessly extorting and waging war against our leaders.”