By Emeka Mamah & Chimaobi Nwaiwu
Enugu—The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Igbo Youths Movement, IYM and the Igbo Women Association, IWA, yesterday denied the claim by the Department of State Services, DSS, that five northerners were killed and buried in a forest in Abia State, saying that it was a ploy by the Federal Government to engineer another round of mass killing of Igbo in the north.
They made this known in three separate statements made available to Vanguard in Enugu, adding that it was “not in the character of IPOB as a non-violent organization to kill innocent people.”
According to them, the Federal Government, “with a predetermined agenda to cloak IPOB in the garment of violent organisation deliberately designed such propaganda in order to ignite ethnic cleansing.”
Another plot to kill Kanu
Also yesterday, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, again alleged that it has uncovered another plan by the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government to assassinate its leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, in Kuje Prison through the help of Boko Haram detainees.
IPOB, in a statement by its Media and Publicity Officer, Mr Emma Powerful, said the Federal Government, the Department of State Services, DSS and officials of Kuje Prison held a meeting where they agreed that they will use Boko Haram detainees to eliminate Mr. Kanu.
IPOB said: “In the meeting, they agreed to use some acclaimed Boko Haram leaders who were arrested and kept in an unknown prison but will be brought to Kuje prison after being taken to court, where they will be remanded in the same prison with Mr Kanu and be given weapons to attack him and claim he insulted them which led to physical combat that claimed his life.
“Another game plan, according to our intelligence arm, revealed that the Boko Haram fighters will break into where Mr Kanu is presently being detained in Kuje prison to assassinate him by strangling him to death and afterward, escaping from the prison and then government will claim that the Boko Haram attacked the prison to free their members who were detained in the masterminded jail break,” said IPOB.
The IPOB therefore said it wish to alert the world the latest plan by the APC led government before they carry out their hatched plans, so that they will not be deceived by the lies being peddled by the Federal Government against IPOB and its leader.
IPOB’s statement jointly signed by its spokespersons, Mr. Emma Mmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya read, “On Saturday May 11, May 1953, hordes of organised crowd swooped on Easterners in Kano and killed 206 of them in cold blood. They were inspired by a hate speech and false accusation levied on all on Easterners in Kano by one Mallam Inua Wada. He claimed that Easterners booed Northern parliamentarian in Lagos.
“He was wrong. He mistook Samuel Akintola for an Easterner. Akintola cancelled his planned trip to campaign in Kano on May 16, 1953. Inua Wada’s propaganda led to ethnic cleansing in Kano on May 16, 1953.
“Exactly 50 years ago, meetings were held in the hostel of the Institute of Administration Zaria (now Ahmadu Bello University, ABU). Easterners were blamed for every wrong in Nigeria. The propaganda worked so well in preparing grounds for the horrendous three wave genocidal pogrom in 1966.
“On December 10, 2014, a well-orchestrated propaganda in Kano that Ndigbo were responsible for the Kanti Kwan Market suicide bombing were so effectively spread, that Easterners were forced to leave Kano in droves. Luckily, the confession of 12 year-old Zarau Babangida that she refused to detonate her explosives… she went on to tell the world how her own father handed her over to the Boko Haram in Bauchi…
“God used her confession to foil the plots of those who planned to incite a pogrom in Kano in December 2014 so Easterners will be driven away just before the presidential elections.
“Yesterday, the DSS announced that IPOB killed five northerners and buried them in a forest near Aba. Again, it is clear for even toddlers to see the game plan here. A government with a predetermined agenda to cloak IPOB in the garment of violent organisation deliberately designed such a cheap propaganda in order to ignite ethnic cleansing. This very cheap blackmail by the DSS is idiotic and unintelligent.
“First, it is not in our character to kill innocent live in cold blood. Second, we assure the DSS and their cohorts that the day we will decide to go violent, the whole world will know, like we did in 1967. Thirdly, five northerners do not make up for 218 IPOB men and women murdered in cold blood between November 2015 and February 2016. “If we were to declare war, we will begin by killing at least 5,000 people, not just five. Finally, nobody in his/her right senses will take the DSS serious, until they are able to prove how, where, when and why IPOB killed five people and the DSS. The same DSS which could not locate the corpses of over 500 Agatu civilians, suddenly located the five people allegedly IPOB killed.
“The reason the DSS are riding on the intelligence of Nigerians, is probably because, they believe Nigerians are a bunch of idiots who would believe anything. We assure the DSS that their plot to incite blood shed may well come to pass, but when it happens, we will be the first to announce to the world why we finally took up arms. This false accusation by the DSS is a very cheap blackmail, nobody would believe.”
Also, the Igbo Women Assembly, IWA, in a statement signed by its Leader, Chief (Mrs.) Mariah Okwor stated: “IWA condemns in no uncertain terms the clearly false allegation by the DSS that IPOB killed five northerners and buried them in a forest in Aba. This calculated blackmail is probably plotted to give IPOB a bad name. IPOB has never been and cannot transform into a violent organisation.
“IPOB is a mass movement of millions of eastern youths, who are frustrated and disenchanted with Nigeria as presently structured. Those who came up with this spurious accusation, had better look for a better story to tell.
“The IWA knows that the extra- judicial killing of these unarmed IPOB youths, which could have radicalised them in turning violent, did not achieve that; therefore, we do not believe that the age old brigandage of Fulani herdsmen would now turn IPOB into murderers overnight. Nobody believes the DSS funny story.
Also, reacting to the allegation, the Igbo Youths Movement, IYM, said that it would have ignored the DSS allegations, but for the grave implication it portends. In a statement signed by the IYM Founder and Secretary of Igbo Leaders of Thought, Evangelist Elliot Uko, the youths, said, “After careful enquiries from IPOB leaders, we stand by their story, that IPOB will never come down low to kill innocent people in cold blood.
“Therefore, the IYM pleads with the DSS to make public the IPOB members who killed this five northerners, the circumstances of their death, venue, date and event that led to their killing.
Unless the DSS avails Nigerians with a detailed account, we find it extremely difficult to believe this very strange story.”
Another plot to kill Kanu
Also yesterday, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, again alleged it has uncovered another plans by the All Progressives Congress, APC, led Federal Government of Nigeria to assassinate their leader Mr. Nnamdi Kanu in Kuje Prison through the help of Boko Haram detainees.
IPOB in a statement signed by its Media and Publicity Officer Mr Emma Powerful, said that the Federal Government, the Department of State Services, DSS and the officials of the Kuje prisons held a meeting where they agreed that they will use the Boko Haram detainees to eliminate Mr. Kanu.
“In the meeting they agreed to use some acclaimed Boko Haram leaders who were arrested and kept in an unknown prison, and will be brought to Kuje Prison after being taken to court, where they will be remanded in the same prison with Mr Kanu and will be given weapons to attack him claim he insulted them which led to physical combat that claimed his life.
“Another game plan according to our intelligence arm revealed that the Boko Haram fighters will break the prison where Mazi Kanu is presently detained in Kuje to assassinate him through strangling him to death and escape from the prison and then government will claim that the Boko Haram attacked the prison to free their member who were detained in Kuje prison in the masterminded jail break” said IPOB.
The IPOB therefore said it wish to alert the world the latest plan by the APC led government before they carry out their hatched plans, so that they will not be deceived by the lies being peddled by the Federal Government against IPOB and its leader. Vanguard