The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described the attacks, killings and burning of houses in Aba, Abia State, allegedly by security operatives, as unprovoked and totally unnecessary.
The group said the attacks took a gruesome dimension since the emphatic rejection of Fulani Ruga settlements, National Life Stock Programme (NLSP) and Waterways Bill in the National Assembly by Igbo lawmakers.
IPOB in a statement on Sunday by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, alleged that the attacks were “disguised and sold to the gullible public as the clampdown on kidnappers and armed robbers in the state.”
“While we maintain that those unfortunate victims seen on video being molested by Nigerian soldiers are not IPOB family members, we nonetheless demand their unconditional release. If the reason for this blatant stage-managed to arrest and accompanying evocative and misleading press statement by the Fulani controlled Nigerian army is to dent the global image of IPOB then they have failed spectacularly,” the statement said.
IPOB insisted that no amount of state-sponsored terrorist act against IPOB will make it contemplate being part of a decaying and purposeless one Nigeria.
The statement further said:
“It doesn’t matter what Fulani caliphate does, IPOB will never allow RUGA or any other Fulani land grabbing scheme to take hold in our land. No amount of collaboration between discredited politicians and their Fulani handlers will lead to the surrender of any inch of Biafraland to Miyetti Allah and their murderous gangs as Dave Umahi so wish.
“Fulani terror cells in Nigerian Police and Army formations we are convinced will continue to brutally murder and arrest innocent Biafrans but their time will soon run out because the world is watching with very keen interest. We also wish to emphasize that these unnecessary arrests, torture, and killings of Biafrans will be reciprocated at the appropriate time.
“It is very pathetic that the Nigerian Army would abandon their constitutional role of defending the borders and protecting life and properties of innocent citizens in Nigeria to descend into criminality in Biafraland because we have decided to seek our legitimate right to self-determination. There are confirmed reports that these cowards in uniform are busy running from Boko Haram in Borno State only to turn their rifles, machine guns and murderous intentions on innocent Biafrans.
“On a daily basis, hungry-looking fully armed Nigeria soldiers and Police can be seen chasing and tormenting innocent civilians in every part of Biafraland. The saddest part is that these illegal arrests and killings in Igbo land are non-existent in the north where Boko Haram and other Fulani bandits are busy kidnappings, abducting, raping and sacking villages at will. Fulani lawlessness continues to grow on a daily basis in Nigeria but their confused army is busy occupying peaceful Biafraland.
“Over the years Fulani operatives in Nigeria security apparatus have perfected their tool of intimidation in furtherance of their Jihadi agenda in Biafraland, all over the South and Middle Belt.”
IPOB said it will continue to remind the American Ambassador to Nigeria, the British High Commissioner and other nations with diplomatic presence in Abuja and Lagos to convey the atrocities committed by Nigerian Army to their home countries saying that a day will come when the people of Biafra will rise up to resist the Fulani army of occupation.
“When that time comes, let no one pretend they never knew or that they were not informed,” it added.