The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied killing six children in Anambra State.
IPOB spokesman Emma Powerful, through a statement on Tuesday, denied media reports that the separatist group’s militia, Eastern Security Network (ESN), killed children.
The press release was titled, “It’s Ridiculous To Link ESN, IPOB With Killing Of Children In Anambra”.
There was a report on Friday that children numbering six were murdered when ESN took on a Fulani in Oba, a community located in Idemili local government area of Anambra.
The report said the children who lost their lives were under 10 years old.
“Fabricated claims like this are only akin to giving the dog a bad name in order to hang it,” IPOB said.
“Those behind this lame and poorly scripted dummy stupidly forgot the main reason for the establishment of ESN, and the mission of IPOB. We came to save lives and not to waste them. We don’t kill those we daily put our lives on the line to save and protect. Associating us with such a barbaric act is not only insulting but a lie from the pit of hell.
“But for the sake of the gullible, we wouldn’t have bothered to dignify distracting and foolish reports like this with a response. And this will be the last time we will respond to trash like this.
“We had no hand in the purported incident.”
The IPOB spokesman also said that no operative of the ESN was arrested during the Nigerian military raid in Orlu last Thursday.
“We also want to debunk the lies by the Nigerian military that those it arrested in Orlu during their genocidal raid and airstrike last week are ESN operatives,” IPOB said.
“It’s just unfortunate that the Janjaweed Nigeria Army which capitulates before rag-tag Boko Haram could curiously arrest innocent Biafran civilians at Orlu branding them ESN operatives.
“Till tomorrow, the Nigeria military should know that its poorly-trained troops are no match for the gallant and formidable ESN operatives. We are miles ahead of them, and can never be subdued by them. Their propaganda cannot work.”
The proscribed group warned the Nigerian Army that its members should not be harmed.
It mocked Imo State governor Hope Uzodimma for “conniving with the Nigerian government to kill innocent citizens” in the state at the time northern governors are negotiating with bandits and terrorists to pay them ransoms.
“We equally want to warn the Nigerian military to ensure nothing happens to the Jewish Rabbi Kelechi Nwachukwu and his family as well as other IPOB members they arrested out of frustration following their humiliation by the indomitable ESN operatives at Orlu,” IPOB said.
“We must warn the Nigeria military as well as the Supreme Court Administrator in Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, to ensure that nothing happens to these IPOB members and 33 synagogue worshippers arrested in Orlu and paraded in the public as if they were criminals.
“Hope Uzodimma should be ashamed of himself for masterminding the killing and persecution of his unarmed people at a time his fellow northern governors are openly negotiating with armed bandits and terrorists.
“While the northern leaders are busy facilitating amnesty for mass murderers, Hope Uzodimma and his fellow traitors in the South-East are sponsoring the destruction of their own people.
“But these saboteurs and Fulani slaves in our land must reap the fruit of treachery!”