The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied a viral audio recording in which the secessionist group was alleged to have accused Governor Nyesom Wike and Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of supposedly facilitating the arrest of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in Kenya.
The group in a statement described reports of the audio recording as fabricated, malicious and the work of one chance politicians.
The group in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, as such urged the public to disregard the reports as it said that its investigations has so far not linked the two to the ‘betrayal’ of Kanu.
He said: “Powerful was quoted as accusing Senator Ifeanyi Uba; and Gov. Nyesom Wike of colluding with the enemies and facilitating the betrayal and abduction of our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya.
“We, therefore, wish to dissociate with the fake statement being peddled by agents of confusion. Our Publicity Secretary never at any time-linked Senator Ifeanyi Uba or Gov. Wike with the wicked betrayal of our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“If they were involved in the dirty deal, our investigations into the matter will reveal it. But for now, we have no evidence to link them with the atrocity. IPOB does not act based on speculation or rumour. Our assertions are evidence-based and products on credible intelligence.
*We, therefore, warn unscrupulous elements and ‘One chance politicians’ using the name of IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary to dish out fake press statements to stop such criminality immediately. Those behind this evil should know that we will unravel their identity. They can’t hide for too long. They will incur the unmitigated wrath of IPOB if they don’t stop this nonsense.
“For the benefit of doubt, IPOB has only linked the betrayal and abduction of our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to President Uhuru Kenyetta of Kenya, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Kenya, Kenyan’s Ambassador Wilfred Machage to Nigeria, and the Nigerian Government.
“Other collaborators in this heinous crime will be made public based on incontrovertible evidence,” the group said of the controversial arrest of Nnamdi Kanu reportedly in Kenya.
“But for now, we restate that Senator Ifeanyi Uba has not been found to have any hand in it. His political opponents should try other ways of settling scores with him and leave IPOB and our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu out of it. We must trace those behind this and they will regret their action for dragging IPOB into the zoo’s politics and for impersonation.”
“We therefore, urge members of the public to disregard the said fake press release and shun any purported statement from IPOB that is not from a credible source or our usual channels.”