The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has restated commitment towards restoring Biafra sovereignty through peaceful and democratic process, stressing it would not be deterred by harassment from security agents.
The group also dismissed as “untrue” reports that its members on a campaign march of “no elections” next year in southeastern states on Friday, attacked and killed a police officer in Nnewi.
In a statement Saturday, the proscribed group said those allegedly arrested by the police following the incident could be poor innocent citizens, as no member of the group was missing from the peaceful protest.
This comes after reports that the peaceful protest turned bloody and allegedly led to the death of four persons, including a policeman at the Nnewi Main Market.
Reacting to the reports, the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, said it has never indulged in violence or crime, no matter the level of provocation from security agents and Nigerian government.
“It is shocking and baffling that people in government have decided to use some media houses to propagate false information and lies against IPOB activities, not minding that we have remained peaceful and civil in every of our outing and conduct, especially the recent ‘no election’ evangelism that happened in Nnewi, Anambra State.
“What happened, yesterday, at Nnewi, Anambra State is another example of a lawless police organisation intent on causing trouble.”It explained that the officer in question was actually hiding inside a gutter and had resurfaced afterwards.
“After hiding a policeman in the sewer, Anambra police authority had the temerity to lie. It was the police that raced to the venue of a peaceful march uninvited, and as usual, started shooting and attacking IPOB family members, who were on a peaceful rally in commemoration of our leader’s reappearance in Jerusalem.”