The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has debunked a rumour making the waves that a concocted Biafra National Guard (BNG) group is working for them.
IPOB spokesperson, Comrade Emma Powerful disclosed this in a statement signed and made available to newsmen, in Abakaliki on Saturday.
According to Powerful, IPOB has nothing to do with BNG or any group associated with criminality. According to him, IPOB mandate is peaceful restoration of Biafra and not crimes.
He also accused people he described as “some evil politicians” of using criminal minded elements to foment trouble in South East.
His words “We the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our prophet and indefatigable leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU wish to alert IPOB families worldwide and the international community that we do not know of a group called Biafra National Guard (BNG) and should not be linked in a shape or form with this group whose activities do not correspond with IPOB’S fundamental objectives.
“We have observed the unpatriotic and nefarious activities of this group and we hereby unequivocally dissociate ourselves from the group and its activities. This group has no link whatsoever with IPOB and doesn’t work for IPOB. IPOB has nothing to do with any group associated with criminality. Our mandate is peaceful restoration of Biafra, anything other than this will have nothing to do with us.
“Our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu does not encourage criminality or any action injurious to the people of Biafra. We don’t encourage extortion or forceful collection of fuel and other lubricants from any petrol station in Biafraland. This is criminality that cannot be condoned in Biafra land.
“IPOB also abhors hostage taking and demand for ransom which is a common characteristic of Fulani terrorists and Fulani Herdsmen and any group associated with such criminality in Biafraland will be resisted by IPOB.
“Anybody or group caught in such barbaric act will be seriously dealt with. Some evil politicians are using crimially minded elements to foment trouble in our land.
“Media houses and members of the public should be properly guided to know that IPOB doesn’t share same ideology with any criminal or violent group. We are a peaceful movement seeking the restoration of Biafra republic.
“Furthermore, it has come to the knowledge of this great movement that some unscrupulous elements and individuals are going around to politicians in Anambra State collecting money in the name of IPOB and comrade Emma Powerful our media publicity secretary saying that Emma Powerful sent them.
“We are letting politicians in Anambra State understand that neither Emma Powerful nor IPOB sent anybody to collect money on his behalf or on behalf of the movement. if you a politician gave anybody money in the name of Emma Powerful go back and take your money from that person because I did not send anybody to do so.
“From this period and onwards anybody caught with this act sabotage will regret his life, IPOB is a decent decent movement with impeccable records since its inception and nobody uses our name for this kind dubious life, if you are identified, sorry will be your name.
“We understand that some people are still going to politicians contesting governorship elections in Anambra State collecting money and claiming they will give to Emma Powerful. Be warned as you are being defrauded because Emma Powerful and IPOB did not send anyone on such ignoble errand.”