From PAT NNADI, Nsukka
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has lampooned the army and Directorate of State Service (DSS) over claims that the much-criticised Unknown Gunmen rampaging the South East are, indeed, members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), set up by the IPOB in 2020 to rid South East forests of killer-headsmen.
In a statement released by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, IPOB said the statement had become necessary in order for the group to “reiterate once again to the general public that IPOB volunteers and ESN operatives are not unknown gunmen contrary, to allegations by the Nigeria Army, Police and DSS agents.”
“We have warned Nigerian security agencies to stop linking ESN operatives and IPOB volunteers or members with the hoodlums behind the kidnappings and snatching of cars in the region,” the statement further read.
“It is absolutely clear to all and sundry that Nigerian government and security agencies and their evil politicians created the unknown gunmen in the region particularly in Imo State because the State government wants to demonise IPOB and our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“We have also, severally explained that our ESN operatives stay in the bushes and forests safeguarding our mothers, wives and sisters who have been the victim of rape and killings by Fulani terrorists masquerading as herdsmen.
“ESN had no hands in the recent attack at the Isu LGA Divisional Headquarters of Police by unknown gunmen. Those attacking them are those they created to demonise IPOB and its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Ironically, the monster they created to destroy ESN has turned around to hunt them. They should leave IPOB and ESN out of their problem.
The demons the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Army and DSS nurtured will continue to hunt them until they openly confess their atrocities against Biafra. They must come out openly and speak up on the mystery behind the Unknown gunmen and cannibalism in the region. IPOB is the only obstacle they have yet they keep pointing accusing fingers at us for the same evil they committed.”
IPOB accused the “government of Imo State under the watch of Hope Uzodinma” of creating Unknown Gunmen with the sole aim of discrediting IPOB and giving the security agents (in cahoots with Ebubeagu security outfit) the needed excuse to accomplish their aims of eliminating our innocent Imo citizens and youths.”
“Ebubeagu is now the major cause of deaths in Imo State. They were recruited and given orientation to harm our people and blame it on IPOB and ESN. But they will not succeed in this evil mission,” IPOB further alleged in the statement by Powerful.
“Nigeria police should go and look for those who attacked them at Isu LGA not IPOB. The worst thing is that they know where those attacking them are staying but they keep on mentioning IPOB and ESN members. We are well ahead of them, and police cannot humiliate us with their fallacious and laughable allegation and media trial. We cannot accept that garbage.”