IPOB warns against parallel security outfit in ‘Biafraland’
By Praise Necherem
Fresh crisis may be brewing as the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) has warned South East Governors, led by Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, to jettison the proposed new security outfit in the zone. The Mazi Nnamdi Kanu-led pro-Biafra group declared that the proposed security outfit being championed by Governor Umahi was designed to foil efforts of its Eastern Security Network (ESN), towards protecting and defending those it describes as citizens in ‘Biafraland’. It, therefore, warned that such efforts would not be tolerated.
The IPOB leader had, in a special broadcast on Radio Biafra on January 10, claimed that its ESN had been launched in the second week of December 2020 “to ensure the South-East region’s security and prevent terrorists, bandits, and other invaders from harassing the people of the region.”
He said: “If you are looking for the Eastern Security Network, please go into the nearest forests and make sure you have written your will because you will die there.
“Once you raise a gun, you won’t bring it down without being successful or being killed. It doesn’t matter the intelligence agency you are working for and the language you are trying to use. We are pursuing freedom, and the (Nigerian government) does not understand peaceful agitations.
However, barely 48 hours after the Ebonyi governor disclosed plans to set up a security network that would provide formidable security in the south east, IPOB issued a warning in a statement through its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, that any other group parading as South East and South South Security outfit “would not be allowed to operate on Biafra soil.”
The statement read in part, “We know that their intention is to counter the formidable Eastern Security Network, ESN, protecting and defending Biafrans against terrorists and invaders responsible for the senseless attacks, rapings and wanton killings of our mothers, wives and sisters in our farmlands and forests.
“We, therefore, advise every Biafran father and mother to caution their children against joining Umahi’s vigilante group as such an outfit is already the enemy of the people. Their agenda is sinister and anti-Biafra.”
“We are happy to aver that the grand conspiracy by our oppressors to take over the South with the help of compromised leaders is dead on arrival! We declare without equivocation, that any other group parading as South East and South South Security outfit will not be allowed to operate on Biafra soil.
“Our people have already launched their own defence line – ESN – as our self-acclaimed leaders were nowhere to be found when it counted most. Anyone who enlists in any treacherous security outfit … will regret such a decision.”
“Our message is simply this: IPOB will not allow terrorists any breeding ground on Biafra forests and farmlands. The rapings, killings and unprovoked attacks by these vampires must stop throughout Biafra territory. Anyone against this irreversible resolve of the people to defend themselves against foreign occupation will be crushed! ESN has been launched with the mandate of securing BIAFRA land, and no force can disband this great movement until it’s done with its mandate!”