The Indigenous People of Biafra on Monday said neither it nor the Eastern Security Network was responsible for violence in Anambra State which stakeholders said could disrupt the November 6 governorship election in the state.
The group also said the four persons reportedly killed by the military in Nnobi, in the Idemili South Local Government Area of the state, were bandits recruited by politicians to hijack the election.
The secessionist group in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, insisted that there was an ongoing genocide in the South-East zone, saying it was worrisome that the international community and the rights organisations were not doing anything about it.
It reads partly, “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra under the command and leadership of our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the claims by the Nigeria government and its military that they killed four IPOB and ESN operatives in Nnobi, Idemili South LGA, Anambra State.
“We want to categorically state that IPOB and ESN members were not the ones killed in the said operation. Neither IPOB members nor the ESN operatives were among those purportedly killed by the Army in Nnobi two days ago.
“What happened was that they mistakenly killed some criminals and terrorists recruited by Supreme Court Administrator in Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, and the All Progressives Congress to wreck havoc in the South-East. These hooligans are the ones unleashing mayhem on our people in the name of the ESN, just to implicate and demonise IPOB. But nemesis caught up with them.”
The group alleged that the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, had been “employing all manner of strategies to deliver Anambra State to APC,” urging the residents to resist him.
Powerful added, “We want the media to summon courage and ask the Nigeria military to tell them who they killed at Nnobi, Anambra State and they should stop linking IPOB to what happened at Ekwulobia in Aguata, two days ago.”
“Similarly, Nigerian Army is committing secret genocide in Biafraland. The whole world must take note of these atrocities and extrajudicial killings going on in Biafraland in the name of Operation Golden Dawn officers deployed in our land. Particularly, everybody must endeavour to watch the viral videos and pictures where Nigerian soldiers and their sister security agencies shooting innocent villagers in Awgu, Enugu State.
“Nigerian security agents were sent into our territory to commit another round of genocide against innocent citizens of Biafra. We wonder why Amnesty International, Civil Liberty Organisations will keep quiet and allow Nigerian military to be killing innocent citizens, because they accept to belong to the upcoming Biafra Nation.
“We are calling owners and leaders of this world to come to our rescue.”