The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has threatened to make the vice presidential ambition of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, a mirage over the alleged killings of its members in the state.
The group, in a statement issued on Wednesday by its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, reiterated that it was not a terrorist organisation, adding that the recent United Nations’ pronouncement that it was a peaceful movement buttressed the need to treat its members as non-criminals.
“The attention of the global movement and noble family of the Indigenous People of Biafra under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu, wish to draw the attention of Ifeanyi Okowa, the Delta State Governor, over the killing of innocent citizens in Delta State by Nigeria’s compromised security agents in the state claiming that they have killed IPOB and ESN.
“However, IPOB members are peaceful and not terrorists to be hunted and killed.
“We boldly want everyone, including Nigeria’s terrorist sponsoring government, to understand that being an IPOB member is not a crime. Recently, United Nations Working Group, in their public opinion defined IPOB’s struggle as a peaceful movement seeking lawful Self Determination from Nigeria.
“If Ifeanyi Okowa continues to play ostrich while this barbarity and shedding of innocent people’s blood continue, IPOB will ensure that his vice presidential ambition becomes a mirage.
“IPOB is peaceful in all its operations. ESN under IPOB-DOS is only after Fulani terrorists masquerading as herdsmen in our bushes and forests who are raping our mothers, wives, and sisters.
“Delta State is now safe haven for these Fulani terrorists who are doing all manner of atrocities unchallenged. IPOB is watching with keen interest, and we are ready to confront Fulani terrorists in Delta State because Delta State is part of the Biafran territory.
“Also, there was no ESN operative or IPOB member killed in Delta State. Rather, innocent Biafran youths are being massacred under the watch of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. We challenge Nigeria police to publish the names of police officers killed by IPOB and ESN in Delta State,” Powerful’s statement read.