The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has handed a seven-day ultimatum to the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government, and the Department of State Services, DSS, to tender apology to it over what it called “fabricated lies and unfortunate linking of the non-violent IPOB with the alleged abduction, murder and burying of five Fulani herdsmen in Abia State.”
Rising from an emergency meeting yesterday in Nnewi, Anambra State, IPOB stated that the allegation by the DSS, linking it to the heinous crime of extra judicial murder and burying of five Fulani Herdsmen in Abia state is a calculated attempt to make the judge handling the case of its leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to be hard on him and to create impression that they are a violent group.
It also stated that the accusation by the DSS is to instigate Northerners, so that there will be reprisal killing of innocent Igbo people in the North for no justifiable reason, insisting that IPOB has no business attacking people from any ethnic group, neither does it have problem with any of them.
A statement issued after the meeting in Nnewi by the IPOB spokesman, Mr. Emma Powerful, IPOB, urged the Northerners to ignore the lies being told by the DSS, stressing that the common enemy all the ethnic groups in the country have is the APC-led Federal government of Nigeria and the DSS that has refused to respect court orders granting their sons bail on alleged and misguided anti corruption allegations against them.
The statement reads, “DSS allegation was fabricated and aimed at painting the non violent IPOB as if it is a violent group, we are not surprised that DSS will come with such allegations, having been exposed in all their attempt to kill our leader by our intelligence arm which has always foiled all their attempts by raising the alarm before they carry out their dastardly acts.
“We challenge the APC Federal Government and their DSS to prove to the world with the evidences how IPOB killed Fulani herdsmen in Abia state by showing the video clips of how they were killed and where the shallow grave they were buried is located within 7days, or they should tender unreserved apology to IPOB, otherwise we will tell the world with evidence how the DSS and APC Federal Government wants to use fabricated lies to cause ethnic cleansing of Ndigbo.
“The world has known IPOB as a peaceful group and no amount of campaign of calumny by the APC led Federal Government and DSS will dent our records of non violent agitations.
“DSS can go about fabricating lies in order to influence the outcome of our leader’s trial in the upcoming appeal court hearing, Nigerian government is responsible for all the killings of our people, raping our women and girls through their Fulani herdsmen and also the alleged killing of Fulani herdsmen in Abia state.”
The statement went further to declare that: “IPOB totally reject this amateurish smear campaign by Federal Government secret police called DSS. If APC government thinks that this is the way they can escape justice at The Hague, when their leaders will be tried for genocide against Biafra agitators, they are clearly making a big mistake and mockery of their directionless government.
“We are also wondering why they are reacting APC government is worried about the alleged killing of Fulani herdsmen in Abia state when they did not show similar worry women and girls were raped and killed in Enugu State, while their husbands and relations who went to search for their corpses and rescue raped victims were arrested and detained for weeks before they were granted bail by the court.
“We think that APC should leaders and those who are directing their directionless government should burry their face in shame for encouraging discrimination in Nigeria, treating people in one country they their claim to be one unequally, showing concern to issues affecting one group of people and non concern to the other groups they feel are less Nigeria, shame to government that promised heaven on earth to Nigerians, yet they cannot keep to a single out of many promises to the people.”