By Nwafor Okafor
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has again condemned the Killings in the South-East, urging perpetrators of the heinous crime to stop if truly they are protesting against the detention Nnamdi Kanu.
The group said nobody with genuine interest in Kanu’s release would be involved in the ongoing criminalities in the region.
The secessionists stated these in a statement by their Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, obtained by our correspondent at the weekend, adding that the timing of the mayhems which normally occurred few days before Kanu’s court dates was enough pointer that enemies were at work.
The group maintained that the killings were calculated to intimidate and bias the judiciary likely to free its leader , who it insisted had no case to answer.
The statement reads in part, “We wish to reiterate once again over the incessant abductions, killings and insecurity in the Eastern region. Our people and those who claimed to be IPOB members need to understand that enemies will capitalise on the killings and insecurity in the South East to blackmail IPOB and our peaceful agitation.
“Biafrans should take cognizance of the timing of these henious and barbaric acts of violence and murder. Our people and the world community should note that most of these heinous killings happen a few days before our Leader’s court dates.
“For instance- the army couple, the house of assembly member, the pregnant Hausa woman. These killing could not reasonably have been done or pepertrated by IPOB.
“These atrocities are being committed by people who want to ensure that our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU doesn’t come out from DSS custody and nobody who is genuinely interested in his release will be involved in these criminalities going-on in the South East. How can the killing of our own people whom our leader Mazi Nnamdi is fighting for their liberation and freedom help in securing his release?
“It will only complicate his case and turn our people against him and against the Biafran cause which is what the Nigeria government wants and working with politicians and certain compromised elements in our land through its security agencies and Fulani terrorist Herdsmen towards.
“Again, these killings are also calculated to intimidate and blackmail the judiciary who might be open in granting him justice because our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has no case to answer.
“How many Nigerian judges do you think would be bold and courageous enough to order the release of a person whose group are accused of killing security operatives and destroying government properties?
“Therefore our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wants any genuine person who genuinely desires his freedom from this hell of torture he is currently undergoing to stop all forms criminalities going-on in the region and ensure he or she work in tandem with the structure he put in place and joined with them to move this struggle forward.
“The North enjoy such luxuries and criminalities going-on here but certainly not Igbos. Can you imagine how difficult it is to get our people in custody released or secure their bail? Some of the judges and prosecutors have their relatives who are security operatives who were allegedly killed by people alleged to be IPOB members even though we know they are not IPOB members.
“Each time some of these killings occur in the East, our people are killed in the North, some are stopped on the road, marched out of their vehicles and killed. These things are usually not reported by media houses in Nigeria.
“Remember that between 1967-1970, about 5million Biafrans were killed for no just cause. Nobody including the international community did anything about it. Let us not play into the hands of our enemies because they are again gradually but systematically killing us while setting IPOB up to take the fall.
“They are now engaging in state sponsored killings in order to give IPOB a bad name. This is why immediately after these killings and atrocities occur, there won’t be any kind of investigation but the news headlines would attribute it to IPOB/ESN.
“You can confirmed how media houses pointed accusing fingers on IPOB as those behind the kidnap of Methodist Bishop without proper investigations because they hate IPOB/ESN operatives. Every genuine member of IPOB should focus on the struggle to liberate our people not involve with criminality of any sort and ensure that our land is peaceful and conducive.
“IPOB does not have as much money or resources as the Nigerian government to embark on the kind of propaganda the government is embarking on against IPOB. This will continue next week. Every citizen of Biafra is expected to stay safe.”