IPOB accuses Ebubeagu of harassment, depopulation of Igbo youths
•Says purported Biafra govt in exile a ruse • Announces new leadership
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group has accused Ebubeagu of engaging in incessant harassment, intimidation and depopulation of Igbo youths, among other criminal activities in the South East.
The group has, therefore, vowed to unleash its venom on the Ebubeagu militia for the countless massacre of the people, especially in Imo state.
IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, in a statement, yesterday, alleged that the security outfit conducts illegal arrest of people and extort huge sums of money as ransom before their victims are freed.
The statement partly reads: “Following the incessant killing of innocent citizens in Imo by Ebubeagu militia, formed by the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, IPOB wishes to state openly to all and sundry that it is about to unleash its venom on the terrorist Ebubeagu for the countless massacre of our people, especially in Imo.”
MEANWHILE, IPOB has distanced itself from having any hand in the purported government in exile. The separatist group advised Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom across the globe to ignore such claims, maintaining that enemies of Biafra are behind the rumour, which they intend to use to sell the Biafra struggle to their enemies, boasting that they have failed woefully.
In a statement, yesterday, Powerful, warned that anybody or group peddling or claiming to have set up government in exile has embarked on a jamboree like those who came before them, claiming to have formed a government in exile at one point in time.
He added that such people do not deserve to be given any attention, because it is an avenue that the Nigerian government wants to use to water down the Biafra agitation for total freedom.
IN another development, IPOB has announced Mazi Chika Edoziem as its new leader. The group said Edoziem would pilot its affairs until its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is released from custody. A statement by Powerful, said Edoziem would relinquish the leadership role to Kanu when he is released.
Get the latest news delivered straight to your inbox every day of the week. Stay informed with the Guardian’s leading coverage of Nigerian and world news, business, technology and sports.