The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra has dismissed insinuations that it owns and operates a training camp in Enugu Ezike, Enugu State.
The group reiterated that those terrorizing and wreaking havoc in the area are not volunteers of its security service, the Eastern Security Network.
The group’s media and public relations director, Emma Powerful, stated this in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the ESN has stopped recruiting new members since 2020.
The statement said, among other things: “We, the global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra under the leadership of the great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to reiterate to the public, especially the people of Enugu Ezike, that those terrorizing them in their community and other parts are not volunteers of IPOB or staff of the ESN.
“The Eastern Security Network has not been recruiting personnel for two years. Therefore, anyone claiming to be a member of the ESN is collaborating with infiltrators and will die in the hands of the Nigerian government and its security agencies. ESN activists under IPOB-DOS have always known that the Nigerian government and its security agencies are our enemies, and we have developed strategies to deal with these enemies.
“ESN has no operational camp in Enuguezike Igbo-Eze Enugu North. Those terrorizing men and women of God, including traditional rulers, are not ESN staff or IPOB volunteers. IPOB and ESN are not calling on our people to bring them money. Anyone who wants to support ESN activists does so voluntarily and without any form of violence or threat. The youths in the affected communities must come out and identify these criminals because IPOB will deal with them.
“Those who claim to be autopilots without planes are not part of the IPOB family and we cannot allow them to destroy the image of IPOB. Autopilots can do anything in their name, but they must not pretend to be IPOB. We are not against anyone or any group fighting for Biafra as long as they do not pose as IPOB, ESN, M-Branch and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu with the sole aim of destroying the hard-earned good image and reputation of IPOB and ESN.”