Again IPOB denies culpability in crime wave in south east

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has once again warned and distanced itself from the crime wave bedevilling the region, saying it has never been part of the insecurity.

It also warned those using its name to commit crimes to stop in their own interest.

The secessionist group said it cannot harm the people for whom security and safety the Eastern Security Network (ESN) was established.

In a statement signed by its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB recalled that it formed and inaugurated ESN to checkmate terrorists’ activities in the region and vowed never to get involved in such evil and wicked acts as kidnapping for ransom.

The statement said the group is working towards exposing to the public those behind the ongoing criminalities in Anambra, Enugu and Imo States.

“Those behind these devilish activities are neither IPOB nor ESN members as always, unfortunately, “alleged” and we cannot allow them to succeed in our land”, it said.

It named some persons and gangs in the South East who it said were the brains behind the kidnappings and killings there.

Those persons it said were masterminds of kidnappings in and around Nnewi North Local council, Nnewi South, Ekwulobia, Aguata and other places in Anambra State.

It said the named people joined IPOB “with very dubious and criminal intents.

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“However our well tested and trusted guiding principles exposed their ulterior intent and motive and unworthy of being part of the noble IPOB family and were therefore expelled to avoid contamination with disciplined members of IPOB”, it said.

Leakblast.com recalls that the southeast has in recent times been enmeshed in crimes, especially kidnapping of ordinary and high-profile personalities.

The usual sit-at-home directive by IPOB is also not helping matters, as much as the southeast governors have been trying to break the directive, it appears to be getting no headway as the people comply with it out of fear of the repercussion.

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