The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied reports that the Nigerian Army shot and arrested one of its top Eastern Security Network, ESN, commanders.
In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, IPOB clarified that the army arrested and shot one Udubuan Sage Chubueze, who is only a member of IPOB and not a top commander of ESN in Ekwulobia Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Part of the statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to the fallacious statement from Fulani controlled military and police that they arrested a commander of ESN in Ekwulobia Aguata Local Government Area Anambra State.
“We declare without equivocations that there’s no iota of truth in the said fallacious statement.”
Explaining what transpired, IPOB said: “What transpired was that he came to his home in Ekwulobia, Aguata LGA to bury his dead mother and soldiers acting on a tip-off from a traitor stormed his house. Yes, he’s an IPOB member but not ESN Commander. But those who sabotaged him shall reap the reward of treachery!”
According to him, Nigerian soldiers allegedly shot him in the leg and forced him to wear army camouflage and claimed it was what they got from him.
“They also lied that they recovered ammunition from him. How can a man burying his mother be doing so with ammunition? This is another blackmail to hang an innocent man.
“We want to make it categorically clear to all and sundry that ESN does not go with army uniforms or police because we are different people.
“The Army forced all those items on him just to implicate him but God will vindicate them!
IPOB demanded that a forensic examination be carried out to deflate the lie that he had bullet wounds.
“It was the Army that shot him in his compound and claimed he had bullet wounds.
“We once again call on the United Nations not to give a blind eye to the atrocities of the Nigerian security agents against Biafrans. The world should hold Nigeria accountable for all the inhuman treatments and secret genocide against innocent people of Biafra,” the statement added.