The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says it has uncovered a fresh plan to cause the death of tens of hundreds of youths from the South East zone, through mass murder, ahead of the 2019 general election, using men of the Nigerian Military.
The group stated this in a press release made available to Dailypost through its publicity secretary, Mr Emma Powerful.
The release stated that the IPOB Intelligence Unit made the discovery which is targeted at incriminating members of the group by selecting and killing off condemned prisoners selected from various prisons and showing them to the world as the handiwork of its members.
He said, “We wish to urgently draw the attention of the civilized world to the dastardly plot being perfected by the APC Hausa Fulani led Islamic government of Nigeria against peaceful unarmed members of IPOB residing in Biafraland in the next few weeks.
“IPOB Intelligence Unit have uncovered elaborate plans by the Islamic APC government of Buhari to incriminate IPOB members in order to justify their controversial and unpopular proscription of IPOB with the attending laughable tag of terrorist organization.
“This Islamic Hausa-Fulani controlled and dominated security apparatus in Nigeria led by Muhammadu Buhari have resolved to commence another round of their periodic genocidal massacre of innocent civilians across South East and South South within the next few weeks under the cover that IPOB is a terrorist organisation.
“They want to spread terror, intimidation and instill fear in the minds of those that will survive this massacre and cause our people to renounce or abandon their legitimate quest for freedom. The plan is to bring the people of old Eastern Region to submission before 2019 presidential elections.”
IPOB said that in the meeting where the plan was hatched, “those involved boasted that they have succeeded in bringing some South East and South South politicians, especially South East governors under their control, and what was left for them to complete the conquest and subjugation of entire Biafraland were the youths.”
It said “tagging it a terrorist organisation and having such authenticated by a court of law was the first crucial step towards setting the stage for the ‘impending genocide’, and that the exercise was scheduled to begin in precisely three weeks time.”
Powerful said, “In the exercise, the military, police and the DSS exclusively staffed by Hausa-Fulani Islamic extremists would carry out murderous simultaneous raids across South East and parts of South South to eliminate tens of hundreds of young men under the guise of hunting for IPOB sympathizers.
“They assumed that having successfully bought over the conscience of South East governors to join them in their genocidal plot with promises of second tenure in office, they can proceed to execute their plan with nobody standing in their way.
“To justify and make this genocidal act against the people look real, the Nigerian Army will take condemned criminals from prisons, dress them in military uniforms, then execute them during an unprovoked attack to make it seem that IPOB killed Nigerian soldiers.
“They will then call a world press conference to show the media corpses of ‘solders’ killed by IPOB in order to justify their decision to tag IPOB a terrorist group and hopefully dent the standing of IPOB in the eyes of lovers of freedom all over the world. This evil plan will also involve burning down some police stations in the Eastern Region with claim that it was done by IPOB members.”
Powerful further added that in doing this, the federal government intends to start by currying favours from the south south and the south west through juicy federal appointments, namely; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police respectively, so as to make them feel like they are part of government and abandon the south east to their fate.
He warned that any attempt to carry out the plot will plunge Nigeria in irredeemable chaos, while also putting the international community on notice about the alleged plot.
“The world is put on notice that should this impending genocide commence, South East governors, Arewa Consultative Forum, Northern Elders Forum, the Presidency and entire Islamic Core North should be held responsible because IPOB is not and can never be a terrorist organisation.
“We do not kill, we abhor lawlessness and till date nobody can point to a breakdown of law and order incident attributable to IPOB activities. We are too civilised a people, from time immemorial, to want to dabble into primitive destruction of lives and properties,” he added.