IPOB denies involvement in arms snatching in Ebonyi State


THE Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, says that it knows nothing about the alleged snatching of guns in Ebonyi State. The allegation by the Ebonyi State Police Commissioner that our members snatched two AK-47 from Area Commander is unfounded and total falsehood.

“This is another fabrication by the police in their usual characteristics of propaganda and blackmail to disrepute IPOB. We dissociate from the alleged attack as we knew nothing about it,” the organization said in a statement by Emma Powerful, media and publicity secretary of IPOB.

“We have always made it known that our philosophy for Biafra actualization is nonviolent, but any day we want to change that approach we shall make it known. If we want to go into arms struggle we know where to go and source for arms. We won’t defend Biafra with stolen guns from the Nigeria Police. So, linking IPOB with stolen guns in Ebonyi cannot fly. It’s a blatant lie.

“We, therefore call on the Police hierarchy in Ebonyi state as well as Gov. Dave Umahi, to immediately halt all the harassment and intimidation of our members and Ebonyi indigenes since the beginning of the ongoing #EndSARS protest. The security agents have been abducting the youths and tagging them armed robbers.

“IPOB members are not armed robbers and do not indulge in arms struggle right from inception. On Friday of October 2020, the Nigeria Police and Ngbo Central Security Vigilante arrested Mazi Alieze Uchenna, Mazi Agbo Chinonso, Mazi Onwe Okechukwu and Onwe Onyekachi and forced them to admit to allegations of being robbers. They were subsequently charged for robbery.

“This continued illegal abduction and kidnapping of innocent people in our land must stop. The Nigeria government and her security operatives should stop testing our will,” the statement said.

It noted that the Nigerian army and police have continued to arrest innocent members of IPOB without provocation, while treating Boko Haram terrorists, Bandits, Fulani terrorists herdsmen with kid gloves.

“In all the streets and roads of Nigeria protesting youths are demanding their rights across Nigeria while Nigeria government and her security operatives are busy recruiting thugs to attack them instead of listening to their demands.

“We, therefore, call on Ebonyi State Governor Eng.Dave Umahi and his counterparts in the South East and South South to release Biafra agitators arrested in their respective states without hesitation.

“We also call on the  UK high Commission in Nigeria, Amnesty International in Nigeria, UK, US Embassy in Abuja, UNDP in Nigeria and other countries high commissions and embassies in Nigeria to prevail on Nigerian Government and these governors to release our people abducted illegally before it becomes too late,” the statement added.

– Oct. 22, 2020 @ 17:15 GMT |

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