By Omolola Sodunke
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a sectorial group popular for its agitation for the
actualization, independence and sovereigty of Eatern states – “Biafra” are at logger heads with the
Nigerian Army as both parties argue a purported extra judicial killing on the 20th of January 2017
by the Nigerian Army in Port Harcort.
After recent posts by the group, the Nigeria Army 6 Division Port Harcourt spokesperson, Colonel
Aminu Ilyasu, said on sunday that the misinformation has made it imperative for the Army to clear
the air on the issue.
“The attention of 6 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a baseless and unsubstantiated
allegation by one Mr. Emma Powerful who claims to be the Media and Publicity Secretary of a
criminal gang that goes by appellation “Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)” in which he claimed
through the media that 11 of its members were killed by soldiers on 20th January 2017 in Port
Harcourt while conducting a solidarity rally … the allegation is false, malicious and existed in the
figment of its imagination.”
The Army says the attempt of the group is to cause chaos, confusion and fear in the hearts of
citizens in the country.
Nnamdi Kanu who is currently incarcerated, is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra
(IPOB), and members of the group have continued their agitation for a sovering state. The group
has had issues back and forth with security agencies and has gone as far as seeking international
intervention for its course.
As regards the accusation,the Army has vowed it will not deter in its continued resolve to protect
the Nigerian territory and the interest of Nigerians hence, the renewed warning to Nigerians to
stay way from the group .
“We therefore wish to warn Mr. Emma Powerful and other like minded mischief makers that the
Nigerian Army will no longer tolerate such spurious and unfounded allegations that are injurious to
the hard-earned image and reputation of the Nigerian Army, its selfless and dedicated officers and
soldiers by any group of criminals regardless of their appellation.
We wish to restate our total commitment to the protection of lives and properties within the
Division’s Area of Responsibility.”