2023: IPOB denies having any plans to obstruct elections and attacks on INEC infrastructure
According to THE Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), there are no preparations to sabotage the general elections in the South-East in 2023.
Additionally, the organization said that it had no interest in the upcoming election.
In a statement released on Monday, December 5, by Emma Powerful, the media and publicity secretary, IPOB stated.
The separatist group also denied any involvement in attacks on INEC facilities in Imo State and other South-Eastern states through its security organization, Eastern Security Network (ESN).
The statement from IPOB urged security organizations to cease equating it with “senseless” assaults on INEC premises.
The pro-Biafra movement issued a warning to anybody who was destroying INEC facilities while acting in its name and while posing as doing so.
“Eastern Security Network (ESN) agents have never assaulted the INEC office since we have no interest in the upcoming 2023 election in Nigeria.
Any individual or organization who accuses IPOB or ESN of being responsible for an attack on an INEC facility is under the influence of some strong narcotics.
Nobody should associate us with those who are destroying electoral materials, according to IPOB, which warned against anybody using its name to sabotage an election.
According to the statement, security organizations have been hiding information regarding the reality
“Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has often said that he has not requested that anyone carry out an attack on his behalf.
No one should thus associate us with the assault on the INEC offices.
The declaration emphasized that IPOB is a respectable and organized independence organization.
We are neither members of their election thugs, nor are we criminals.
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The statement charged politicians of enlisting thugs and hoodlums to assault polling places and then attributing such attacks to IPOB and ESN.
The statement said, however, that no amount of sponsored blackmail against IPOB would put an end to the movement for the restoration of Biafra; rather, it would fuel the battle.
The desperate attempt to associate IPOB with attacks on INEC, according to the statement, is a part of the larger scheme by those opposed to the restoration of Biafra to halt the project.
The INEC office in Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State was attacked by armed individuals on Sunday, making it the sixth attack on the Commission’s facilities in the previous four months.
Three days before to the incident in Oru West, another INEC office in the same Imo State’s Orlu Local Government Area had also been attacked.
Meanwhile, Imo State police said that the attack on the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Oru West headquarters was carried out by gunmen believed to be members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed branch Eastern Security Network (ESN) (INEC).
The attack was repulsed, according to the state police spokesperson Mike Abattam, who made the statement in Owerri on Sunday, December 4.
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Abattam said that from beyond the fence, the shooters fired Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) into the office.
The police officers who dealt with the thugs professionally hurt them to varying degrees.
The criminals fled in their car after suffering a crushing loss and were pursued furiously by the operatives.
The number of assaults against INEC’s offices and infrastructure has risen recently.