The Indigenous People of Biafra, on Tuesday, said those who ‘abducted’ the 2019 gubernatorial candidate of the Action Alliance Party, in Imo State, Chief Uche Nwosu, had exposed as the masterminds of insecurity and other crises rocking the state.
Nwosu was allegedly abducted by some armed men suspected to be operatives of the Nigerian Police Force, on Sunday, although the authorities later said he was arrested.
According to the seccesionist group, the Imo State government and others would have fingered it and its arm, the Eastern Security Network, had it eluded the public knowledge who the ‘abductors’ were.
IPOB stated this in a statement signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, a copy of which was made available to The PUNCH, on Tuesday.
According to the statement, “We the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, condemn the abduction of Mazi Uche Nwosu in the church. This is another vindication that IPOB and Eastern Security Network (ESN) are not responsible for the numerous attacks, abductions/kidnappings in Imo State contrary to false accusations and propaganda by Hope Uzodinma and his co-travellers.
“The incident has also further confirmed the complicity of Hope Uzodinma and the APC party in the insecurity going on in Imo State and South-East region.
“But for the dexterity and fighting spirit of Nwosu’s family and associates, Hope Uzodinma, his co-travellers and some infamous media houses would have, as usual, pointed accusing fingers at ESN, IPOB and unknown gunmen. But God Almighty, Chukwu Okike Abiama, has exposed them this time around.
“We will not be surprised if by tomorrow, Hope Uzodinma fingers Uche Nwosu and his in-law Rochas Okorocha as the sponsors of IPOB, ESN, unknown gunmen and insecurity in Imo State. We know his antics and such options may not be out of the table.
“For the umpteenth time, no single individual can sponsor IPOB. We are a global movement and millions of our family members home and abroad remain the source of our sponsorship. We have never hidden this fact because we are not a secret or terror organisation. IPOB is well-grounded and we don’t need any Okorocha, Uche Nwosu or Hope Uzodinma or any politician for that matter to sponsor us. We have no dealings with corrupt politicians and people with questionable source of wealth.
“It’s now transparently obvious to all who the masterminds of the abductions/ killings of many traditional rulers and religious leaders including politicians in Imo State and other parts of South-East are. It is also now clear who created unknown gunmen to demonise and implicate IPOB and ESN operatives. God Almighty Chukwu Okike Abiama who designed this fight for Biafra freedom and independence has always vindicated us and will continue to vindicate IPOB/ESN.”
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