The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), had described as a “frivolous fabrication” claims by the purported suspects of the alleged attack on Governor Nyesom Wike’s father’s church, who it was claimed were members of IPOB.
On the statement purportedly credited to them that they bombed the church to gain recognition in IPOB, the group asked: “Which recognition is IPOB a global movement that already maintains presence in over 100 countries still looking for?”
It accused government and security agencies of either working to cover evidence or establish cause to justify a premeditated evil.
According to the group, “the speed with which government and police pointed accusing fingers at IPOB even before the commencement of their so-called investigation, raises more suspicion. It’s only a confirmation that the ridiculous alleged confession of the said suspects was only premeditated just to possibly indict IPOB”.
It added: “Wike and his co-travelers should stop ridiculing themselves. IPOB is not a violent but peaceful movement. Bombing a place of worship how much more a church is never part of our signature tune. Most of IPOB members have Christian background and couldn’t have targeted any church for bombing”.
The group said it had no quarrel with Wike’s father let alone innocent worshippers. It also argued: “Assuming but not admitting that we are behind the purported attack, we wouldn’t have done a poor job. If we want Wike we know how and where to get him but we don’t spill blood.
“Any day we want to resort to violence, it will be publicised but for now we are only after the peaceful restoration of Biafra. Wike and the police should leave IPOB out of their purported attack on his father’s church. We had no hands in it.
“The alleged suspects who claimed responsibility should be properly investigated to establish their true identify. IPOB did not and will never send anybody to bomb a place of worship. Our God forbids human blood. We don’t kill those we are fighting to free from bondage.
“Wike and the Nigeria security agencies should stop forcing innocent Biafrans to make unfounded confessions all in a bid to rope in IPOB and continue with the ongoing genocide in Obigbo as well as the nationwide hunt for our members”, the group concluded.