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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has decried the bloody attack that led to the death of eight police and military personnel at Umualumaku, Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State earlier in the week.
The pro-Biafran agitation group claimed that the South-East area did not require such rash actions and bloodshed to gain freedom.
It also stated that until the Federal Government began funding splinter organisations to threaten IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, the Biafra agitation cause supported by IPOB since 2012 had been entirely peaceful.
The group stated this in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, on Thursday.
It said, ‘We, the global family and movement of IPOB ably led by the leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, condemn the bloody attack that led to the death of eight police and military officers at Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State.
“Such reckless attacks and shedding of blood are not needed to achieve Biafra freedom in our territory. The Biafra agitation championed by IPOB since 2012 had been totally peaceful until the Federal Government started sponsoring splinter groups in order to blackmail IPOB and Kanu.
“Today, the monsters they have spoon-fed are consuming them. We in IPOB for years have been shouting about the evil plan of the Federal Government towards IPOB’s peaceful agitation, which is simply demanding a referendum date for the Biafran people to determine their own fate as indigenous people.
‘The Federal Government knows those behind this latest attack on the security personnel. They shouldn’t feign ignorance or claim to be surprised because they are working with the perpetrators of that unnecessary attack in order to blackmail IPOB and Kanu.’
The group added that if, indeed, the security agencies were interested in fishing out the killers of the security personnel, they knew exactly what to do and where to focus their attention.
They, therefore, cautioned the police to go after the criminals who murdered their colleagues and not after innocent villagers.
‘No villagers will attack policemen within their village. Therefore, Ehime Mbano community should not be invaded as a result of the killing of the security officers.
‘The DSS and all the security machinery are putting their heads together to devise a strategy to blackmail IPOB and implicate Mazi Kanu for the violence and terrorism charges they have levelled against him. They should not deceive the public by blaming anybody when they are aware of the assailants.
‘Sacrificing some Nigeria Police and military officers’ lives to achieve blackmail against IPOB has been their old strategy and dirty game.
‘We, therefore, ask the Nigeria Police to go after the criminals who murdered their colleagues and not after innocent villagers. More often than not, Nigerian security agencies carry out revenge on ordinary citizens anytime armed criminals attack them.’
‘Nigeria security forces must know that the villagers are innocent. IPOB doesn’t encourage people to murder or waste innocent people’s lives because lives are sacred and must be preserved and protected. We encourage Nigerian security to use their intelligence prowess to fish out the perpetrators, the statement added.