IPOB Denies Attack On Police Headquarters, Owerri Prison
MDB earlier reported that hundreds of inmates were freed after the attack on Monday, April 5. Some police vehicles were also razed in the incident which an unnamed official blamed on IPOB.
Reacting to rumours that IPOB was responsible for the attack, IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful released a statement denied the speculations.
The statement reads,
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.
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.
The attack came amid confrontation between Nigerian security forces and members of Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) movement across the South-East.
Since January, there have been repeated clashes between Nigerian troops and IPOB elements in Imo, Rivers, Abia and Anambra, with both sides denying responsibility for civilian casualties.