IPOB and Northern groups exchange rebukes and warnings over alleged tribal killings

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Tuesday urged the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) not to kill any Igbo, saying they should not engage in a struggle that would last forever.

The group was responding to threats from the CNG to seek revenge for the alleged murder of their relatives in the Southeast.

Earlier, the CNG issued a statement through its spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, warning that the region would not remain passive in the face of repeated attacks on its people.

“The North will no longer remain passive in the face of such deliberate and sustained attacks on its people and interests, and will now be compelled to respond to any unwarranted provocation and violation.

“The North’s reluctance to speak out or act is not born out of fear or ignorance of the response and those who tempt us must know that the North will no longer turn the other cheek,” noted the CNG.

However, the IPOB responded through its national publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, who denied any involvement in the murder of a Hausa woman and her children on Saturday.

According to the group, the unfortunate incident was sponsored by northern politicians whose aim is to scapegoat the organization.

Powerful said, “We have a lot on our hands to respond to this group called CNG because they are not a problem; we expect them to start killing in Nigeria and see our position.

“We remain peaceful in our quest for freedom in Biafra and if they couldn’t call the criminals they brought to our country and think we can run for them they are pranksters let them start this fight and see what the ending will look like.

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“IPOB has nothing to do with the death of a Hausa woman who was with her children on Sunday and we strongly condemn this despicable act by criminals sponsored by northern politicians.

“Before threatening us, they should, first of all, remove these terrorists and bandits transferred to Obinze Barracks in Owerri, Imo State, from where they operate and they have been brought in to kill and to murder and blame peaceful IPOB and ESN.

“ESN (Eastern Security Network) does not operate like bandits and terrorists because we know what human blood represents. The assassins of this woman and these children were Fulani terrorists and jihadists whom they transferred to military barracks and want the military to protect them.

“They share them with ID cards to operate and the world needs to ask the military why they were giving out these terrorist cards for identification.

“The army gave them a cover, if these people kidnapped, the military would provide them with a place where they would keep their victims and bring someone who would receive a ransom from the parents or family members of the victims.

“IPOB and ESN did not kill anyone talking about Hausa women with children, it is an abomination to kill women, children, school children and pregnant women. We are not like them who snatched babies from pregnant Igbo women in 1966 and 1970.

“The type of murder that is happening in our country right now is the type that Fulani terrorists kill and the type of beheading. There is not an iota of truth in what they say that the IPOB hates the Hausas living in our territory.

“What the IPOB is looking for are Fulani terrorists disguised as shepherds who rape our mothers, wives and sisters in our bushes and forests.”

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