The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that the Federal Government is linking it to a recent ship hijacking in a bid to justify the imprisonment of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The group made the comment via a statement released by its Media and Publicity Officer, Emma Powerful.
“IPOB has uncovered another plan to continue to incarcerate our leader, Mr Nnamdi Kanu, and other detained IPOB members. The recent plot last week linked IPOB and other Biafra agitating groups to the alleged seizure and threat to blow up a merchant ship which the military has denied. This has made nonsense of the Buhari-led APC government allegation against IPOB as a lie and one coming from a deceitful and dishonest government.”
“We found that accusation an insult and a plot to continue to incarcerate our leader Mr. Kanu who is still in high spirit, in spite of the wicked treatment, intimidation, harassment and denials to damper his spirit. We wonder why the government of APC will busy itself in hatching plans to nail innocent agitators.”
“This shows the inconsistency for which the APC and its government is known for or why will anybody, group or government be linking IPOB with seizure of ship in another country? Are we living in the water, or do we carry arms? How can a government that claims to have saints in it be likening IPOB with hijacking of ship?”
“It is shameful that a government that claims to be responsible should be involved in the highest level of indiscipline of disobeying court orders. We are not surprised because this is a government of the people that threatened to make Nigeria ungovernable when they lost election, and also threatened that baboons and their brothers will soak in blood if they did not win election. So, how can they respect the law now that they are in power? They have become so power-drunk and it will destroy them and their government.
“IPOB does not carry arms. Our leader is a refined, never say die, relentless, determined, focused, and unrepentant Biafra activist that is not interested in any government threat or inducement to drop the agitation of sovereign state of Biafra and no amount of blackmail will discourage him.”
Attackers claiming to be Biafra supporters were said to have hijacked a ship, Leon Dias, in the Gulf of Guinea in January.
The hijackers reportedly threatened to blow up the ship if Kanu wasn’t released by the government.