The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has refuted claims they are responsible for the deaths of some 128 security operatives in Imo State.
Following the news by Imo State Police Commissioner, Abudu Yaro, that IPOB has been involved in the deaths of security officials in the state, the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, has released a statement to that effect as he has shot holes about the allegations.
According to him, the state wants to tarnish the image of the IPOB with unfounded lies.
The statement reads: “Our attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the fallacious and fabricated statements credited to the Commander, 34 Field Artillery Brigade Obinze, Gen. Raymond Utasaha, and Police Commissioner Imo State, Alhaji Abudu Yaro, that IPOB killed 128 security personnel in Imo State.
“The above statement is not only fabricated but ridiculous and untenable. How could IPOB that is not armed be able to kill as many as 128 security personnel in one state? What an illogical and ridiculous claim!
“This is nothing but one of the antics of our oppressors to tarnish our global reputation and whip up public sympathy.”
The separatist group claimed that those in authority wanted to use the allegation as a “smokescreen to justify ” their intended crackdown on its members.
IPOB reiterated the group’s peaceful disposition towards the actualization of Biafra.
The group pointed out that it would inform the public if it decides to adopt violence in its push to actualize Biafra.
“For the record, IPOB did not kill any security personnel in Imo or any state for that matter. IPOB has been a peaceful movement since its inception with the sole mandate of restoring Biafra.
“We have not changed our non-violent philosophy for the restoration of Biafra. If for any reason we need to change our peaceful approach, we shall make the same public but for now we have not gone into arms struggle, and don’t intend to.”