Following the “genocide in Imo”, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Tuesday exonerated itself saying that its security outfit, Eastern Security Network (ESN) is not involved in “these dastardly acts and barbarity”.
Reacting, the IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, in a statement on Tuesday, noted that “the general public should understand that those behind the orgy of kidnapping and barbaric killings in Imo have no link whatesover with the ESN inaugurated by our leader in December 2020”.
The secessionist group also alleged that the “genocide” is planned by the conspirator “and his co-travellers” to “unleashing mayhem on our people in their desperation to demonise ESN personnel and IPOB volunteers”.
IPOB however condemned “the cannibalism and atrocities of these criminals” claiming “the camp found at Nkwere and other places where they roasted human beings and kept kidnaped victims in the camp is not IPOB/ESN’s camp”.
“We have nothing in common with agents of death, and we don’t engage in barbarities and cannibalism of sorts.
“What is happening in Imo particularly in Orsuihiteukwa, Nnempi, Ibiasoegbe, Awo-Mmamma, Orlu, Oru East, Oru West, Nkwere and their environs including Orsumoghu and entire Ihiala LGA of Anambra State are the original plans to demonise Biafra agitators and ESN operatives and tag them as criminals but unfortunately their plan failed.
“IPOB/ESN operatives don’t engage in raping and kidnapping. That’s not part of their mandate. They are out to defend them (Imolites) against terrorists and criminal herdsmen,” the statement partly read.