EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that the camps bombed by the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) in Anambra and Imo on Tuesday do not belong to them.
This online media platform recalls that the spokesperson of the Air Force, Edward Gabkwet, had on Wednesday said that the Force conducted airstrikes, hitting camps belonging to IPOB and their armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN).
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He disclosed that the airstrikes were carried out after an intelligence report disclosed that the insurgents were planning on unleashing terror in the area.
However, IPOB, in a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, refuted NAF claims, maintaining that they do not own camps in the area.
According to IPOB, “We debunk the claims by the Nigerian Air Force of bombing IPOB’s ESN camps at Osumoghu in Nnewi South LGA of Anambra State and Osuihiteukwa in Orsu LGA, Imo State.
“We are bold to say that ESN does not have camps in any of the bombed locations.”
The group stated the bombed camps were those of terrorists sponsored by the leader of a splinter group, Simon Ekpa, who is based in Finland.
“The Nigeria Air Force should stop lying and blackmailing this peaceful IPOB with the so-called bombing of IPOB’s ESN camps.
“For public information, IPOB doesn’t operate camps in those locations. IPOB has offices in Biafra Land and in the diaspora. We are not criminals or terrorists otherwise civilized countries would not give us the freedom to gather in their countries.
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“What IPOB has is the Eastern Security Network (ESN), whose primary duty is to secure our bushes and protect our people. The general public should ignore and disregard the rants of the Nigeria DSS-sponsored criminal and agent provocateur in Finland called Simon Ekpa and his gangsters who are always impersonating ESN to demonize IPOB and Mazi Nnamdi KANU.
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