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IPOB: We have no hand in killing of Anglican priest

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has distanced itself from the alleged killing of an Anglican priest in Nkwere Local Government Area of Imo State within the week and described the killing as barbaric.

In a statement issued by the group through the media and publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said anyone pointing accusing fingers at it for such a dastardly act is only doing so to demonise it.

It said: “We don’t kill, let alone a priest. It is not part of our mandate.

“It makes no sense to associate IPOB which is a peaceful movement with such carnivorous behaviour.

“It will be unfair for people to finger IPOB for crimes committed by government hoodlums most times sponsored by security agencies and enemies to portray us in the bad light”.

It said IPOB is a responsible organization that has respect for the sanctity of human lives and, therefore, has no hands whatsoever in such killing.

The group reiterated that it has since suspended Monday’s sit-at-home emphasising that there is no other sit at home order on Friday but that “some miscreants living in Europe and claiming what they are not, sponsored by overzealous politicians to destroy Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB are working with the security agencies to ensure that they succeed torturing innocent Biafrans in the name of enforcing a non-existent sit-at-home”.

The group said that it has set up a task force to deal with such hooligans and denied there is a crack in IPOB.

It emphasized: “there is no sit at home order again this week until the day our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will appear in court and our people must disregard any statement that is not from our media and publicity secretary Emma Powerful.

“our intention is different from those agents making statements on IPOB order but they will soon regret their actions.

Giving a hint of a crack in the IPOB, the group said: “IPOB is not going to order sit at home on Friday again because our people have suffered a lot but agent of darkness living in Europe thinks he can succeed but it’s little time he will realize that we are smarter and intelligent than him.

“Our people should go their normal business on Friday there is no more sitting at home order from IPOB”.

It accused the Federal and Imo State governments of creating the unknown gunmen which it described as vampires who are operating to demonise IPOB and ESN so as to create the impression in the minds of gullible people that IPOB is killing their people.

That was aimed at, according to the group “just to sow the seed of enmity between us and the masses. Their plan is to ultimately reduce the teeming support of Biafrans for Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB”.

It absolved itself of the various assassinations recorded in recent times in Igbo land and urged people to be at alert#

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