The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has denied any involvement in Monday’s attacks on Imo State police command headquarters and a correctional centre.
Newsbreak had reported that unknown gunmen in the early hours of Monday, attacked the facilities and freed over 2,000 inmates.
There have been allegations that the attacks were carried out by the Eastern Security Network (ESN), owned by IPOB.
However, Emma Powerful, IPOB’s spokesperson, while rejecting claims that the group is responsible for the attacks, said members of ESN are in the bush chasing “Fulani terrorists”.
Powerful said IPOB was formed on the principle of peace, hence, the government should stop linking it to the attacks.
“The attention of IPOB 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,” he said.
“IPOB and ESN are known groups 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 not IPOB or ESN security outfit.”