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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said that its security network codenamed the Eastern Security Network (ESN) was responsible for the killing of “Fulani cows destroying people’s farmlands” in the South-East region of Nigeria.
IPOB while commending the security network in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, on Wednesday, assured that neither the group nor its security operatives are after legitimate Fulani who are carrying out their legitimate businesses in the region.
The group said that “Terrorists masquerading as herdsmen in Lokpanta should know that ESN under IPOB is responsible for the recent decimation of cows that the terrorists are using as cover to kidnap, rape and destroy our people’s farmlands.”
IPOB therefore warned that “If these terrorists attack any community in that area, they must prepare to leave that area and in fact entirely Biafra land.”
Commending the ESN for what IPOB described as doing the needful, the statement partly read, “We, the global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of our great leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU commend the doggedness of our great security outfit called the Eastern Security Network (ESN) which confronted the terrorists masquerading as herdsmen at Lokpanta on 22nd July 2022.
“We commend the IPOB leadership who has seen what our people are passing through in the hands of these terrorists kidnapping for ransom, raping our mothers in farms, killing of our men in their farms and snatching cars from all the travellers following the routes in Isiukwuato, Umunneochi, Isuochi and Okigwe since over two years but government refused to heed to the crying of the citizens.
“IPOB hails them for doing the needful in that area, we are not pursuing responsible fulanis not to do their legitimate business. But we are after those terrorists masquerading as herdsmen kidnapping and destroying our people’s lives and farm lands in that area.
“IPOB and ESN are responsible for the killing of cows encroaching into people’s farm lands. We also warn the Fulani terrorists not to venture attack any community in the area as in their nature. If they attack any community; that means Fulani will no longer be allowed to do business again in that market.
“IPOB advises all Fulani in a legitimate business to ensure they stay within the designated areas assigned for them in the market. They must not exceed the square meters and measurements given to them in that market. If they do, they will have scores to settle with IPOB.
“IPOB and ESN have a responsibility to keep our land safe for our indigenous people and lawful residents. We will not compromise on this obligation even when the compromised Nigeria Security agencies have joined to forcefully take over our Land. IPOB is the people and the people are IPOB and no one or tribe will take over our Land. Not today and not tomorrow.”