The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), on Wednesday, accused Nigerian security agents of planting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in the South-East.
IPOB stated this in a statement by the group’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, made available to SaharaReporters on Wednesday.
The group in the statement claimed that the IEDs were planted to implicate its members and militia wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
IPOB was reacting to a statement by the Nigerian Army that its ESN planted IEDs in Awo-Mmamma, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.
IPOB said, “The attention of the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra has been drawn to the statement from the Nigeria Army and Police, claiming that IPOB/ESN operatives planted IED in Awo-Mmamma and its nearby community, Mgbidi in Oru East of Imo State.
“Assuming but not in any way admitting this trash, if we should resort to the planting of IEDs, who do we want to kill? What do we want to achieve? How can we be stupid to begin to plant bombs that will kill our people whom we are staking our lives daily to protect and defend against Fulani terrorists?
“To further punctuate their lies, how come these shameless liars claiming to be security agents are only swift in discovering IEDs purportedly planted by IPOB and ESN but fail to detect the same IEDs planted by Fulani bandits and terrorists which have claimed thousands of lives in the North including security operatives themselves although mainly from Southern Nigeria?
"It is now clear that these terrorists in military and police uniforms are working in cahoot with their rag-tag counterparts in the forests to achieve the same agenda.
"While they keep betraying Southern troops serving in the North, these jihadists and terrorists in security uniforms deployed to Biafra land are now busy planting IEDs in their desperation to implicate IPOB and ESN.”