The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Thursday, called on security operatives to immediately stop harassing and arresting its members in the Southeast.
IPOB made the call in reaction to the arrest of its Coordinator in Ebonyi State and the alleged intimidation of an innocent woman in Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State.
A statement by IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful urged the Governor of Ebonyi State and his counterpart in the Southeast to order the release of its members across the region.
The statement titled: “Enough is Enough, reads: We the global family of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, hereby demand immediate stoppage of the incessant harassment and arrest of IPOB family members in different parts of Biafraland.
“We are particularly upset by the recent arrest of IPOB Coordinator in Ebonyi State; and the intimidation of an innocent woman in Oji River LGA of Enugu State by security operatives under the guise of searching for Radio Biafra station. This continued illegal abduction and kidnapping of innocent people in our land must stop. The Nigeria government and her security operatives should stop testing our will.
“We want to place the world on notice that the Nigeria Police Force, Army and DSS once again have started their normal house to house search of IPOB family members and those suspected to be IPOB supporters in Biafraland. On 18th of August 2020, the Nigeria army and police in their usual gestapo manner, akin to the Nazi era in Europe, abducted Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya our IPOB Ebonyi State Coordinator for no crime other than being a Biafran.
“This provocative hounding of our people has continued amid killings, maiming and raping of our women by rampaging Fulani herdsmen in our communities which the same security agencies have not only pampered but allowed to continue unabated.
“It’s very sad to note that the security operatives abducted Mazi Igwe Ogbonnaya in less than a week after burying his young wife who died after a brief illness. This young man was abducted from his home at Ugwulangwu Ohaozara LGA Ebonyi State by terrorists in Nigeria police, army and DSS uniforms.
“We, therefore, call on Ebonyi State Governor, Engr Dave Umahi and his counterparts in the South East and South-South to release Biafra agitators arrested in their respective states before it’s too late.”