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Stop labelling innocent youths as ESN, IPOB members – IPOB tells police

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By Phil Okose Onitsha

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has accused the Imo state governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma and the Imo state police command commissioner of police, CP Abudu Yaro, of clamping down on innocent Biafran youths and tagging them as members of IPOB and its vigilante arm, the Eastern Security Network, ESN.

The accusation was contained in a statement, on Tuesday, by IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful.

Part of the press release read that “We wish to refute the claims by the Imo CP that the four persons paraded by the police in Imo were ESN operatives arrested while attempting to plant explosives in the state. There is no element of truth in such claims aimed at demonising ESN and portraying the gallant security outfit as a terrorist organisation which it is not.”

“We wish to put it on record that no ESN operative was involved in any attempt to plant bombs anywhere. What is the essence of planting such explosives? Who will be the victims? ESN can never engage in the killing of the same people it was created to defend. It doesn’t add up.”

The statement went on to say that none of the group’s members was “missing in action. They have been on their duty posts, dealing with the bandits and killer herdsmen in our forests and communities. ESN operatives are human beings with conscience. They are not animals, like bandits who bath with human blood.”

“Nigeria police and sister agencies must also stop linking ESN with their atrocities which they think they can smartly blame on ESN. They must stop wasting lives and public property in their desperation to nail ESN.”

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