IPOB denies plotting to kidnap Southeast governors
January 7, 2019
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied allegations by the governor of Ebonyi State, Governor David Umahi that it was planning to kidnap him and other Southeast governors.
The group said Umahi wanted to leverage on its name to attract sympathy and also gain relevance before the federal government.
Umahi had, in a chat with journalists after the inauguration of the military operation, Operation Python Dance III, said his wife received a text message from purported members of IPOB, saying that they would kidnap Southeast governors.
IPOB, in a press release signed by its spokesperson, Mr Emma Powerful, said, “We condemn in its entirety, the frivolous, unsubstantiated and perverse statement from David Umahi of Ebonyi State against a movement like IPOB.
“We consider the statement credited Umahi as symptomatic of the shameful and complicit role these Igbo governors have continued to play in the death of unarmed Biafrans.
“Their stock in trade is treachery and betrayal but unfortunately for them we IPOB will match them every step of the way until their conniving treacherous scheme is brought to an end.”
The pro-Biafra group said it was sad that Umahi and his colleagues did not foresaw Fulani herdsmen invasion of Igbo land but were quick to invite the army to occupy it and kill Biafrans.
It said till date, the governors never called on the army to attack violent herdsmen attacking communities in Igbo land, but are quick in wanting the death of its members.
It warned that, “Dave Umahi and his cohorts should pray very hard that no Biafran life is lost during this their latest phase of Operation Python Dance of Shame 3 against innocent Biafrans.
“People must ask Umahi and co including Abuja politicians how many governors and politicians in other regions of Nigeria hosted this invading army with glee the way Dave Umahi and co did a few days ago in Abakaliki? Was it not announced that this latest round of Operation Python Dance was nationwide. How come it’s only Igbo governors that is welcoming them with open arms?
“This questions must be asked by every intelligent person. If nothing is done to checkmate the rabid treachery of Igbo governors, we shall continue to suffer the consequences for the next 70 years.
“Boko Haram is ravaging the north where this same brave army has been humiliated countless times but Igbo governors slavishly invited them into our land to fight IPOB instead. Years of betrayal and the sacrilegious act committed by Igbo governors and Ohaneze against their people through Operation Python Dance is what will kill them not IPOB.”