According to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), its members are not terrorists as the Federal Government has claimed, but rather peaceful people.
According to IPOB, the government must consider its members as non-criminals in light of the UN’s recent declaration that it is a peaceful movement.
Director of Media and Publicity for the outlawed organisation, Emma Powerful, reportedly announced this in a statement on Wednesday, according to Anaedoonline.ng.
The group also denounced the murder of innocent bystanders in Delta State who were killed by security personnel who claimed to be members of IPOB and ESN.
The statement read, “The attention of the global movement and noble family of the Indigenous People of Biafra under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu, wish to draw the attention of Ifeanyi Okowa, the Delta State governor, over the killing of innocent citizens in Delta State by Nigeria compromised security agents in the State claiming that they have killed IPOB and ESN.
“However, IPOB members are peaceful and not terrorists to be hunted and killed.
“We boldly want everyone, including Nigeria terrorist sponsoring government, to understand that being an IPOB member is not a crime. Recently, United Nations Working Group, in their public opinion defined IPOB’s struggle as a peaceful movement seeking lawful Self Determination from Nigeria”
In response to reported killings in the state, IPOB allegedly threatened Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s bid for the vice presidency.
The group claimed that the Eastern Security Network (ESN) is solely following terrorists who are raping and killing innocent South East locals while disguising themselves as herdsmen in woods and forests.
It said: “If Ifeanyi Okowa continues to play ostrich while this barbarity and shielding of innocent people’s blood continue, IPOB will ensure that his Vice Presidential ambition becomes a mirage.
It added, “IPOB is peaceful in all its operations. ESN under IPOB-DOS is only after Fulani terrorists masquerading as herdsmen in our bushes and forests who are raping our mothers, wives, and sisters.
“Delta State is now safe heaven for these Fulani terrorists who are doing all manner of atrocities unchallenged. IPOB are watching with keen interest, and we are ready to confront Fulani terrorists in Delta State because Delta State is part of the Biafran territory.
“Also, there was no ESN operative or IPOB member killed in Delta State. Rather, innocent Biafran youths are being massacred at the watch of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. We challenge Nigeria police to publish the names of police officers killed by IPOB and ESN in Delta state.”
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