Banks in South East in danger of multiple attacks – IPOB

By AdvocateNews on 16/04/2021

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Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader
Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has warned that some  concerted serial attacks may be launched on some banks and other financial institutions in the South East states soon.

It urged operators of such financial institutions to be extra vigilant to prevent such a develeopment.

The group alleged that the attack could come as a second phase of the campaigns against its image being carried out by the Department of State Services (DSS), which it accused of being responsible for the security crisis in the area in recent times.

What started with the killings of police personnel at various checkpoints, as well as other security operatives, in recent times, got to a head with the invasion of the Owerri Correctional facility and the burning of the headquarters of the Imo State Police Command within the same vicinity, last week.

Against the backdrop of the allegations by the former Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, that the attacks were the handiwork of IPOB, and the latest that it was even planning to attack banks to raise funds to purchase arms for further operations, the group said it had no such plans, not being a terrorist or violent outfit.

Emma Powerful, its spokesman, in a statement, insisted that IPOB was not a criminal organisation and has no plan to attack any institution, though it produced its arms locally, it could not engage itself in any criminal activities to acquire money for weapons.

“Our intelligence unit has uncovered a fabricated propaganda by the Department of State Services DSS, that Eastern Security Network, ESN is planning to attack banks in Biafraland to acquire money to purchase arms. DSS is propelling this wicked propaganda all in a bid to blackmail ESN and IPOB, and dent our global reputation.

“We, therefore, wish to debunk this falsehood and blatant lie from the pit of hell. IPOB and ESN are not criminals and we have no plans or agenda to touch any institution particularly banks.

‘We are not looking for money to buy arms because we produce our arms locally and cannot attack or kidnap anybody for ransom. We don’t inflict pains on the people we are fighting for their freedom. DSS must stop this rubbish and engage their time on something more meaningful. This poor script cannot fly.

“POB and ESN are very disciplined groups, and we cannot indulge in armed robbery against any individual or group. ESN has never left its mandate which is to defend Biafra land against Fulani terrorists and killer herdsmen.

“All banks in Biafraland must be wary of DSS because it is possible they are planning to sponsor attacks on banks and turn around as usual to blame it on IPOB and ESN operatives. The double-faced Nigerian security agencies have been staging this kind of attacks in so many places and later point accusing fingers at IPOB and ESN.

“They have tried to blame the attacks on security formations in South’East on us but now it is obvious that we are innocent of that, they have quickly changed tact in their desperation to blackmail us and find cheap excuse to declare another special military operation in the zone. Our people should be smart and not buy into their tricks.”

Posted 16/04/2021 9:54:13 PM


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