(Last Updated On: February 20, 2017)

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.”