The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has denied taking part in Monday’s raid on Owerri Correctional Centre and the Imo State Police Command headquarters.
IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, in a statement on Monday, declared as ” fallacious” the story linking IPOB and the operatives of Eastern Security Network to the attack.
According to the statement, ESN operatives were in the bushes “chasing Fulani terrorists” and couldn’t have attacked the facilities.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra has been drawn again to the fallacious and fabricated news that IPOB and ESN are involved in the attack of prison and police headquarters in Owerri Imo State
“IPOB and ESN are known group not unknown gunmen. ESN is in the bush chasing Fulani terrorists, why linking IPOB and ESN to this attack. IPOB and ESN were not involved in the attack in Owerri Imo State. and the recent attack on Onitsha Owerri road at Ukwuorji junction. It is not our mandate to attack security personnel or prison facilities.
“The Nigeria Government and her compromised media outfits should stop linking IPOB and ESN to the multiple attacks going on in Nigeria now.
“IPOB was formed on principle of peace and we are still in it. Unknown gunmen is a different people which we don’t know them and they are not IPOB or ESN security outfit”.