The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has refuted claims that it was behind the killing of individuals in some components of the South-East to implement compliance with its sit-at-home order on Monday.
SaharaReporters printed on Monday that suspected IPOB members reportedly burnt a passenger alive in Nkwogu, Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State for flouting the sit-at-home order issued by the group.
Two of the automobiles, Hummer Buses, belonging to a preferred transport firm, Libra, have been coming from Umuahia, Abia State capital once they bumped into a bunch of hoodlums suspected to be members of IPOB.
It was gathered that they shot on the tyres, which compelled the buses to cease. The passengers of the buses scampered to security, whereas one of many drivers was reportedly shot within the hip.
The passenger couldn’t escape earlier than one of many buses was burnt.
It was additionally reported that there was heavy taking pictures round Banana junction alongside Orlu-Owerri Road as gunmen engaged safety brokers in a shoot-out.
Also, two individuals have been reportedly shot lifeless in Nnewi, Anambra State, for allegedly flouting the sit-at-home directive by the separatist group.
While reacting to those unhappy incidents, the Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Emma Powerful who spoke to SaharaReporters, blamed Nigeria’s safety brokers for inflicting mayhem within the area.
Powerful added that the group didn’t pressure anybody to adjust to the directive.
He accused the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) of deriving pleasure from killing South-East residents and labelling the volunteers of IPOB’s militant arm, Eastern Security Network (ESN) as accountable.
“IPOB never forced anyone to obey sit-at-home order issued by IPOB leadership because that was the dance we dance always. Those killings were done by Nigerian security forces disguised as ESN to implicate IPOB and ESN.
“They knew that was the only way to create confusion between IPOB and our people, but we are smarter than them. It has been long they were looking for ways for people to hate IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu (IPOB leader). We reiterate once again that IPOB members are not ready by whatsoever means to kill people. We are fighting to gain Biafra.
“We know that Nigerian Government and her partners in crime do not like Biafrans and their businesses in Nigeria. Our people must understand that DSS can kill them and blame it on ESN and IPOB.
“Everybody must realise that they are looking for different ways to implicate our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and ESN operatives while they allow Fulani terrorists to be rampaging the country. IPOB order for sit-at-home does not reflect the killing of our people on the sit-at-home day.
“Nigeria police and colleagues always derive joy in slaughtering innocent citizens and turning around to implicate IPOB and ESN,” Powerful stated.
Also, one in all Kanu’s disciples and former Radio Biafra broadcaster, Simon Ekpa on his Twitter web page on Tuesday blamed Nigeria’s joint forces for the killings.
Ekpa additionally vowed that there could be no election within the South-East area of Nigeria, whereas blaming those that flouted the order for his or her distress.
The Finland-based disciple of Nnamdi Kanu, chief of the group, added that the sit-at-home would once more be noticed within the South-East subsequent Monday.
“This is a picture from a video circulating on social media, some tag them ESN (Eastern Security Network). For the records, this is not ESN, rather the Nig security JTF, the same group who destroys properties, attacks fellow police and stations in the name of blackmailing IPOB. If you saw the video now you know.
“No election in Biafraland will be activated by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), starting from the Anambra election. The leaders in the SE don’t know what the electorate are ready to do. The struggle has entered AutoPilot. The Leaders from SE must learn from Northerners.
“The civil disobedience sit-at-home will continue next Monday the 16.8.2021. Those of you who didn’t listen to our warning about the plot by the Military to kill our people, we warned you not to come out to avoid being scapegoats for Nigeria Army criminals. Hopefully, you’ve learnt,” Ekpa tweeted.