The indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB) banned on Tuesday justified the clash between its security team – the Eastern Security Network (ESN) – and the army.
He also claimed that five residents of the Okporo community in the Orlu local government area of Imo state were killed when ESN men clashed with soldiers last Friday.
Although the military said only one person died in the crossfire, the IPOB insisted that five people were killed and several others were injured in the skirmish between the security team. and soldiers of the 34th Artillery Brigade in Obinze.
In a statement released on Tuesday by IPOB spokesperson Emma Powerful, the group accused Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma of working with the military to attack and drive out officers from the ESN of the bushes from where they operate.
The statement reads: “ESN staff are in the bush and forest chasing … terrorists and shepherds who terrorize our members and sisters on their respective farms, not the Nigerian security agencies, but they are looking for the ESN trouble.
“Since the formation and inauguration of ESN by our grand chief, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on December 12, 2020, they have been inside the bushes and forests; their job is to protect the farmers from the invaders who declared all the land in Nigeria to be theirs.
“Every time the Nigerian army and police came to the bush to look for their problems,” he said, adding that the group would renounce any attempt to suppress its members.
He accused some leaders in the southeast, including Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma, of lining up with the military to attack ESN.
The governor, in a statement by his spokesman Oguwike, said the dusk-to-dawn curfew was declared following a disturbing report of the activities of a group of activists who triggered the chaos on the inhabitants of Orlu.
Powerful members of the outlawed IPOB were unimpressed by the governor’s 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew.