The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) have denied involvement in the ongoing clandestine attacks on security agents in the south east region.
In a statement released through its spokesman, Comrade Emma Powerful, IPOB dismissed as ‘fictitious’, claims that IPOB members were behind the attack against security agents in the region. “We want to sound a note of warning to those peddling lies against IPOB to desist forthwith or be ready for the consequences of their blackmail against innocent people. The world now knows better.
He urged those peddling the rumour of IPOB’s involvement in the guerrilla attacks to focus more on seeing the barbaric massacre of innocent people by the blood-thirsty herdsmen and bandits and do something about it.
The Ohanaeze youths, on their part, insist that it suspected insurgents from the North-East region for the attacks. The group said, in a statement signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, its president general and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, secretary general, that such activities would never be condoned in Igboland.
OYC faulted those linking the guerrilla attacks to Biafra agitators, stressing that the statement credited to the agitators after the massacre of their members in Enugu, may have been made in anger.
Ohanaeze Youth, however warned Biafra agitators to desist from making inflammatory threats and bogus statements, as enemies can capitalise on such statements to do evil. “Biafra agitators should desist from making inflammatory threats and bogus statements, directing subjects to attack security agents in retaliation to the ugly killings of Igbos in Emene, Enugu state
“We equally believe that Biafra agitators threats of violence against security forces was done out of anger and displeasure over the Enugu episode”.
OYC further observed that insurgents, who must have invaded Igboland, are now capitalising on the recent outburst from Biafra agitators to carry out their evil activities. “OYC insists that some Northern insurgents must have invaded Igboland hiding under the guise of fallouts of Enugu killings and subsequently inflammatory threats from Biafra agitators.
“That’s why it’s imminent for all Biafra agitators credited with inflammatory threats to call off and exonerate themselves immediately. This is a rare opportunity for those, who made bogus calls and threats to retract their threats and show repentance, so that Igbos will jointly defend ourselves against possibly invasion from external extremists and detractors from North East.
“Igbo Youths wish to categorically warn all criminals, killer herdsmen and perpetrators of guerrilla revolution against security agents in South-East to vacate our land or be ready to face the consequences that awaits them.
“This ugly situation must be nipped in the bud, immediately, by Igbo through collective surveillance and intelligence gathering from all and sundry. Igbo Youths will never allow this criminality to be condoned in our land, as the perpetrators are likely to carry out an order or in revenge mission”, OYC said.