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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has condemned in strong terms the killing of policemen and a couple at the Okpala Junction in the Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State by gunmen sometime last week.
The pro-Biafran group, who also distanced itself from the reported killings, also called on people to stop linking them with the insecurity in the South-East region.
It made this known in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, on Monday which was obtained by The Eastern Updates.
The group said, ‘IPOB is a peaceful movement seeking separation from the Nigerian state through internationally recognised and accepted modus operandi called self-determination and not through murderous or criminal activities.’
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‘We seek to create a calm and peaceful environment for everyone in our territory to safely dwell and for our people to come home and be part of the development of Biafraland. It is not and has never been part of our objectives to scare or kill innocent citizens of the area.
‘Even though Nigerian security agents have been brutal on us, we have always maintained our calm. For now, those security men are no hindrance to our freedom, though they are agents of oppression.’
The group accused the Nigerian government of being behind the insecurity in the South-East.
It said, ‘It is public knowledge that the Federal Government is using both state actors and non-state actors to create insecurity and chaos in the South-East just to blackmail IPOB through some compromised media agencies and agents.
‘The paid criminals in the South-East should stop and allow Biafra agitation to flow naturally according to plans. We are warning them to stay off Biafraland or face the consequences. They have already been declared wanted by IPOB, and their sins will catch up with them soon.