From Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has reacted to a viral video showcasing a man shot dead and dragged into a pit by some hoodlums.
IPOB, in a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, yesterday, noted that the victim in the video was not a member of Ebubeagu, but a hoodlum deceived into joining a gang of fake Eastern Security Network (ESN). He equally stated that the video was done in bad faith to tarnish the image of IPOB and ESN.
He said: “IPOB wants to clarify that the viral videos showing the execution of a man with a red T-shirt and pair of Jeans, who was extrajudicially killed in Imo state, was not Ogwu (the mayor of Mozambique) the Ebubeagu Commander in Imo State, who masterminded the killing of 14 innocent youths in Awo-Omamma, Imo State, some weeks ago. It is important we elucidate that IPOB declared him wanted, but the extrajudicially murdered person was not Ogwu, the Ebubeagu Commander.
“According to our intelligence report and discovery, he was accused by the criminal gang of sabotage. The young man was deceived that he was joining ESN and, along the line, he found out he was recruited into a criminal gang and not ESN. He decided to escape from their camp. The criminal group started searching for him for the fear he might be a big threat and danger to them.
“Unfortunately, they sighted him around “Eke Ututu ‘’ in the Orsuihiteukwa axis in Orlu, Imo State, yesterday, and kidnapped him. He was taken towards the Lilu/Uda axis, around the Ihiala area, executed and his body dumped in a pit assumed to have other dead bodies from the video evidence as everyone could see circulating on social media.
“Some dissidents and enemies of Biafra freedom were busy sharing videos of the heinous crime, in order to discredit and tarnish the image of ESN operatives and IPOB volunteers in the region.