From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday said that the Biafra Security Service (BSS) was not in any contest with the Nigerian Police Force.
It stated that BSS was a security outfit designed only to protect Biafran villages from attacks by Fulani herdsmen hence it would not be in the contest with anybody or group.
In a statement signed by the IPOB Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, the group said: “Biafra Security Service, BSS, is a security outfit only designed to protect Biafran villages from Fulani herdsmen attacks. It is not in competition with the police and will not perform any duties outside safeguarding returnees from the North and checkmating Fulani herdsmen attack.”
IPOB which is worried by the interpretation given to the BSS by some persons and groups insisted that there was nothing treasonable about protecting Biafra land from the attack of herdsmen.
“It’s like any other vigilance group but this has a national colouration in that protection is Biafra wide. There is nothing treasonable about protecting our farms and villages from Fulani herdsmen. People should stop turning English language upside down. “There is nothing treasonable about exercising the right to self-determination and securing lives and property. In Arewa North there are Hisbah, Sharia Police and other forms of Islamic police. Why can’t Biafrans have their own security to protect innocent mothers and our women from being raped and killed by Fulani herdsmen?” (The Sun)