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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have condemned the reported killings in Imo and Anambra States respectively by military forces.
IPOB, in a statement on Sunday by Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful which was sent to The Eastern Updates, frowned at what he described as reprisal by the military against unarmed civilians and communities anytime gunmen attack, describing the act as not only unprofessional but a display of cowardice and brutality.
The statement reads; ‘The attention of the global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been drawn to the ongoing attacks by the military on the Ehime Mbano and Orumba communities in Imo and Anambra States respectively in retaliation to the attack and murder of their colleagues within the villages.’
‘We condemn the cowardice reprisal attacks by the Nigeria military on innocent Biafrans and demand a stop to military and police hostility against the affected communities.
“The act of reprisal from the Nigerian military against unarmed civilians and communities anytime gunmen attack them is not only unprofessional but a display of cowardice and brutality.
‘How can a well-trained and armed military and police not defend themselves against armed criminals but carry out revenge on the traumatized and helpless villagers over their loss?
‘The unprofessional conduct of Nigeria security forces who kill innocent people and burn properties within the communities when they are attacked by unknown gunmen in the Southeast is barbaric.
‘In the Northern region of Nigeria, where terrorists have been butchering Nigeria security forces for over 20 years, the military don’t vent their anger and frustration on the innocent communities. Why then should innocent people of Southeast bear the brunt of the actions of the criminal gangs?’
The IPOB scribe expressed sadness at the continued military invasion of the communities who are not responsible for the murder of their colleagues.