Tony Okafor, Awka
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned hoodlums to quit Biafra territory before the release of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Expressing optimism that Kanu would soon be released, the secessionist group maintained that those encouraging in criminal activities in the region had no place in its movement which it said was formed on truth and honesty.
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB said its security outfit, Eastern Security Network (ESN) had no camp at Okigwe in Imo State and Amangwu, Ohafia in Abia State.
It insisted that any group operating from any camp within the axis were not its security operatives, warning that nobody should associate it with actions of any criminal gangs in any of the camps.
The statement read in part, “We wish to alerts Biafrans that ESN has no camp at Okigwe in Imo State and Amangwu Ohafia LGA Abia State.
“Since ESN was formed and up to now, we have never had any camp at Okigwe and Amangwu Ohafia. Any group operating from any camp within Okigwe and Amangwu Ohafia axis are not ESN operative.
“Therefore, let no body associate IPOB and ESN with the actions and activities of any criminal gangs in any camp at Okigwe and Amangwu Ohafia LGA.
“IPOB leadership knows all the ESN camps and ESN is secure in their various camps and locations within Biafra territories. Those relocating from Orsumoghu forest to Okigwe bushes are state sponsored gangs who are part of the insecurity going on in our region.
“What we want is peace in Biafra Region and the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu whom the courts and UN working group have ordered for his immediate unconditional release because he has been discharged and acquitted of all charges against him.
“All Biafran jubilated and celebrated on the 13th of October the day he was discharged and acquitted by the Nigeria Court Biafrans won’t forget easily that particular day in the history of Biafra and his release and acquitte will bring peace and settle the insecurity going on in the Eastern region.
“Nigeria Government should release him without further day because this case will destroy Nigeria the more they continue to detain him.
“We are taking record of those colluding with Malami, Hope Uzodinma, Emeka Ihedioha and others who are joining with the Nigeria Government to continue the illegal detention of our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU. Anybody or party hoping to use Emeka Ihedioha flag bearer is hitting the rock.
“We knew our enemies and we are going to face them head on. Anybody who dinned with Nigeria Government to detain Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be exposed and nobody will take you as human.
“Those impersonating IPOB and ESN operatives and committing crimes should stop or be ready to pay a heavy price. Those criminal gangs who are kidnapping and snatching cars are our enemies who are frustrating Biafra restoration.
“Mazi Nnamdi KANU’S message to Biafrans is that those whoever is involved in criminal activities against our people should stop now or relocate out of Biafra land before he comes out from DSS custody.
“If you know you are involved or are encouraging criminalities in Biafra land, you have no place in this IPOB movement. IPOB was formed in truth and honesty and nothing will change our objectives.”