The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has put out a disclaimer distancing themselves from the murder of Chike Akunyili and other killings in the South-East.
Recall that Late Chike Akunyili was killed Tuesday, September 28, by unknown gunmen at Afor Nkpor in Idemili North local government area of Anambra State, while he was on his way from Onitsha to Umuoji.
He had attended a lecture at Sharon Hall, All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha, organized by the University of Nigeria Nsukka Alumni Association (UNAA), Onitsha branch, in honour of his late wife. He was murdered while returning home after the event.
The IPOB have on Wednesday, September 29, denied being responsible for his death and others killed in the region. They said the “senseless” killings were politically motivated and had nothing to do with the group.
The group added that masterminds were taking advantage of the current situation in the region to unleash mayhem on their political opponents.
IPOB’s Director of Media and Publicity of the secessionist group, Emma Powerful, released a statement on Wednesday.
The statement reads: “We the great family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu, wish to dissociate ourselves from the senseless killing of innocent citizens in Anambra State.
“We have no hands in the political killings going on. We have severally raised the alarm that some cruel politicians are hiding under the cloak of the situation in Biafra land to eliminate their political enemies and blame it on IPOB.
“We don’t know why wicked politicians especially in Imo and Anambra States will choose to slaughter their opponents and turn around and point accusing fingers at IPOB or the operatives of Eastern Security Network ESN. Politicians should leave us alone and settle their scores. No IPOB member or ESN operative is involved in such barbarity. We have no interest in their politics. Restoration of Biafra is our mandate!”