By Praise Necherem
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied involvement in the alleged killings of six children in Anambra state. It described as ridiculous and insulting the act of linking the group with such actions it referred to as barbaric.
In a statement issued by the media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB also dismissed as false claims by the Nigeria military that those it arrested in Orlu during their operation were Eastern Security Network, ESN, operatives.
The organisation said that the claims were only akin to giving the dog a bad name in order to hang it. Those behind this lame and poorly scripted dummy stupidly forgot the main reason for the establishment of ESN, and the mission of IPOB.
“We came to save lives and not to waste them. We don’t kill those we daily put our lives on the line to save and protect. Associating us with such barbaric act is not only insulting but a lie from the pit of hell. We have no hands in the purported incident” and also “debunk the lies by the Nigeria military that those it arrested in Orlu during their genocidal raid and air strike last week are ESN operatives.”
Orient Daily gathered that security operatives arrested 20 persons said to be members of IPOB in connection to the recent attacks on soldiers and civilians in Orlu town.
A security source said IPOB members who were using Orlu as their base allegedly ambushed and killed soldiers who were on the escort of the Director Civil Affairs, Brigadier General HE Nzan and his team on inspection of the Civil-Military Project at a nearby Nkwerre community. The IPOB militias were also said to have taken away weapons and a vehicle belonging to the troops.
“Since the beginning of the year, the activities of IPOB militias through its untenable and unreasonable demand for secession, has adversely affected the security situation in the area.
“The activities of the threat elements have led to an increase in organised crimes such as armed robbery, car snatching, kidnapping, raping and sundry violent criminal acts. There have been attacks on civilians, police and military personnel on checkpoints and escort duty.
Items and equipment, including AK-47 rifles, locally-made pistols, dane guns, cartridge ammunition, IPOB flags, water pumping machine, military fragmental jackets, mobile handsets, among others were recovered during raid on IPOB training camps in Imo and Anambra state.
Recall that troops of 34 Brigade, Obinze, in conjunction with the Imo state police command, on Friday 22 January 2021, carried out raids in Okporo/Ezenta and Akata axis of Orlu local government area to recover the corpse of a police officer killed by IPOB elements. During the raids, one IPOB member was killed and a jeep was recovered. Various IPOB training camps were also discovered and destroyed.
Similarly, last Wednesday, a raid operation was conducted in a forest close to Lilu village in Ihiala General Area of Anambra state by combined troops of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force and the Nigeria Police.