- IPOB has been fingered for the recent attacks on prisons and police stations in the South-East but the group have denied responsibility, stating that they are mere agitators
Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, on Thursday, said some criminals are committing crimes under the guise of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) in the South-East.
The governor made the comment during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
“The truth of what is happening is that there are bandits everywhere; there are cultists everywhere. What happens now in South-East is that criminals who may not necessarily be members of IPOB and ESN, will go and commit crimes and they need a name.
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He said: “So it’s safer for them to say they are members of ESN, and IPOB so that the persecution of IPOB and ESN by the Federal Government will cover them.
“That is what is happening in South-East because IPOB and ESN have a number of times come out to say they are not into terrorism and violence, and the people burning police stations and killing are not their members. And so how do you reconcile the two?”
The governor, while urging South-East governors to rise against the ugly trend of attacks on security outfits especially police stations in the region, added that the assailants may eventually begin to attack statesmen.
“It is a monster that we must not allow to arise in the South-East. When they finish with that (attacking police stations) they will start attacking stakeholders to kill them,” Umahi said.