The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has reacted to Nigerian Army’s statement that the pro-Biafra group had been killing and maiming people it claimed to protect in the South-East.
IPOB said the military operatives and other security agents were behind the killings of harmless citizens, as well as the destruction of public institutions in the region.
Recall that the Nigerian Army, on Monday, through its spokesman, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu had said, “This unimaginable level of violence is oiled with propaganda and disinformation to whip up sentiments and draw sympathy from unsuspecting citizens in the region. For the records, the proscribed organisation has in recent times foisted a sit-at-home order to show sympathy for their self-acclaimed leader.
“This was greeted with violence, orchestrated destruction of public installations and facilities, arson, as well as looting of shops and malls in the region, to demonstrate their criminal potency. They defiled the sanctity of the highly revered traditional institution of Ndigbos by recklessly murdering their own traditional leaders.”
Reacting to Nwachukwu’s allegations, IPOB through its spokesman, Emma Powerful, said Nigerian soldiers were “vampires cleverly pointing accusing fingers at IPOB just to cover their flanks and deceive the gullible.”
The pro-Biafra group made this known in a statement titled, “Nigeria Army, Other Security Agencies, Not ESN Responsible For The Destruction In South East” on Tuesday.
The statement read, “Following the frustration of the Nigeria military deployed to the South East, and their ranting claiming that IPOB and ESN are responsible for the numerous attacks, killings and burning down of people’s properties worth billions in the region, we the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), wish to tell the world that there is no iota of truth in such fabricated allegation.
“It is rather the Nigeria military and their sister security agencies that are masterminding the ongoing secret genocide and mayhem in South East. It’s quite unfortunate that after committing these atrocities, these vampires cleverly point accusing fingers at IPOB just to cover their flanks and deceive the gullible.
“Nigeria Army is afraid of facing Boko Haram and other terrorists in the North but down here in the South, they have taken over the work of the police in their desperation to kill more Biafrans. No matter how much they want to twist facts the public is already aware of their pranks.
“The serial killings going on now in the land of Biafra are masterminded by the military and they cannot deny it. There are viral videos where the Nigeria Army is demonstrating its might against innocent and hapless people of Awgu in Enugu State. Will they say those burning down houses in the said video are IPOB and ESN? We challenge them for a forensic audit of the viral video. The UN should investigate this to establish the real identity of those behind the ongoing destruction in South East.
“We wonder how Nigeria army and its security counterparts would derive joy in killing Biafrans but Boko Haram and bandits sacked them in their barracks in the North. The world will one day hold them accountable for these atrocities and crimes against humanity. The truth will one day refuse to be buried.”