Sunday, 30 July 2017

Government officials attacked Obiano not us--IPOB

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Indigenous People of Biafra has denied the attack on Governor Willie Obiano at St Joseph's Catholic Church, Ekwulobia on Sunday, describing it as an act orchestrated within the government circle to tarnish the group’s image.

Some group of people clad in Biafra uniform with flags have reportedly stormed the St Joseph Pro-Cathedral Catholic Church Ekwulobia chanting “No Election” probably to press home the group’s position that the Anambra gubernatorial election must not hold.

Governor Obiano, who was at the church to celebrate with the Catholic Youths of the parish who were marking their 2017 Youth Day, addressed the congregation after the youths were dispersed, reassuring them that the coming gubernatorial election would hold as scheduled.

But the Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, while reacting to the attack allegation in a press statement made available to on Sunday, accused some government officials of complicity in the attack.

According to the statement, “IPOB and its leadership worldwide under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu accuses the Federal Government, Gov Obiano and some few politicians in Nigeria of recruiting some uneducated individuals and students in the universities to infiltrate into IPOB in order to label IPOB as a violent group.

“These government contractors moblised people who went to Catholic church harassed those in a church service in Ekwulobia in order to create room for security operatives to begin to arrest our members in Ekwulobia and environs. IPOB leaders and members are very intelligent people who cannot involve in any act of violence.”

The release further maintained that IPOB under Nnamdi kanu remains nonviolent in their pursuit for Biafra freedom and would never change its methods of peaceful approach towards the restoration of Biafra. 

"The election boycott in Anambra come November this year remain but cannot cause any violence. We are aware that some politicians and Nigeria security employed some uneducated individuals and groups in the society to harass the general public in the name of IPOB members. 

"Some government contractors printed IPOB t- shirts and Biafra flag with huge amount of money to be shared to the hungry youths to claim to be IPOB members under Nnamdi kanu. We are advising the general public to beware of fake IPOB who were paid by politicians to cause confusion in Anambra and other states in Biafranland,” it concluded.



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