IPOB denies Imo soldiers beheading, lays curse on perpetrators
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has refuted claims by the Nigerian Army that its Eastern Security Network (ESN) were responsible for the beheading of two soldiers and other forms of insecurity going on in the South-East, particularly in Imo State.
It insisted that the origin of the insecurity in the zone was traceable to the political war between Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma, and his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha.
In a chat with Sunday Vanguard, spokesperson for the group, Emma Powerful, dismissed the claims, saying “Now, their latest lie against IPOB is that we killed an Army couple who had attended their traditional marriage in Owerri, what a blatant lie.
“We have made it categorically clear that we have no hand in that dastardly, heinous and abominable act of killing a couple. Biafrans, the Igbo are not known for such an abomination. We can never kill our daughter and our in-law.
“In our statement entitled: ‘We have no hand in beheading an army couple in Imo State,’ we made it clear that the allegation against IPOB was laughable and fallacious.
“We made it clear that no true Igbo will hurt an in-law, let alone one who just married our daughter (Ada Igbo) in Igbo land. God forbid that we will be involved in such a course.
“And we placed a curse that the Igbo ancestors will avenge such wickedness against our daughter and her husband, (our in-law).
“We told the army to bring out their facts to substantiate their claim before jumping into their jaundiced conclusion that such an abominable act was masterminded by IPOB. What investigation did they carry out to substantiate their claim?”
He said “The latest allegation is part of their propaganda to stain our global reputation, but the world knows they are lying. How come the bandits and terrorists beheading and massacring indigenous Nigerians, particularly in Southern Kaduna and Plateau State go unpunished, while the Nigerian Army is in the South-East?
“Bandits have not stopped killing innocent citizens and security agents yet the Nigerian Army has never made it a media issue or burnt down their houses and properties. But any time these hoodlums commit any atrocity, they will quickly rush to the press and accuse IPOB without investigation. We understand their game plan. All they are after is to blackmail IPOB before our international friends who understand our predicaments in the region.”
SOURCE: Nigerian Sketch
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