The Indigenous People of Biafra has dissociated themselves from the Biafra National Guard.
This comes after the Nigerian Army said on Thursday night, October 28, that its troops conducting ‘Exercise Golden Dawn’ have neutralized one of the Biafran National Guard (BNG) gunmen (pictured below) who attacked troops’ location at Amaekpu, Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State on Thursday 28 October 2021.
IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, has however said that its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, does not accept criminal acts, hence there is no link between the IPOb and the BNG.
The statement read in part, “We the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra ably led by our prophet and indefatigable leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wish to alert IPOB families worldwide and the international community that we do not know of a group called Biafra National Guard and should not be linked in a shape or form with this group whose activities do not correspond with IPOB’S fundamental objectives.
“We have observed the unpatriotic and nefarious activities of this group and we hereby unequivocally dissociate ourselves from the group and its activities.“This group has no link whatsoever with IPOB and does not work for IPOB. IPOB has nothing to do with any group associated with criminality. Our mandate is the peaceful restoration of Biafra, anything other than this will have nothing to do with us.”
The group also distanced itself from criminal acts such as extortion and kidnapping.
“Our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU does not encourage criminality or any action injurious to the people of Biafra. We don’t encourage extortion or forceful collection of fuel and other lubricants from any petrol station in Biafraland. This is the criminality that cannot be condoned in Biafra land.
“Anybody or group caught in such barbaric act will be seriously dealt with. Some evil politicians are using criminally minded elements to foment trouble in our land,” the statement added.