The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has raised the alarm at what it described as incessant harassment of its members.
The group, in a press statement signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, drew the attention of the international community to what it described as incessant harassment, abduction, arrest and torture, including house-to-house search for innocent and unarmed civilians in Aguata, Orumba North and South Local Government Areas of Anambra State and other states like Abia and Ebonyi, where their governors have continued to use the authority of their offices against anybody seen or regarded as an IPOB family member or sympathiser.
“Since our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, lifted the ban on election boycott, penultimate Thursday night in the whole of Biafraland, Willie Obiano of Anambra State and other governors of Southeast have intensified their clampdown on IPOB through illegal midnight raids and kidnapping.
“We are fully aware that most of these governors are not happy with IPOB because their previous strategy was to use our election boycott as a cover to rig the vote in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The world will bear us witness that IPOB is the most peaceful mass movement in the world despite all the provocations and deliberate attempt to push us into armed struggle. We know our selfless effort and sacrifice to liberate our people from the shackles of bondage has not gone down well with some of our people in government houses in the South East.
“We are openly telling the world at large to bear us witness. Willie Obiano of Anambra State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and David Umahi of Ebonyi State must release the innocent people they arrested in their respective states and took to Abuja DSS detention centre.
“The sufferings and plights of our people in Anambra, Abia and Ebonyi states, particularly in Aba, Obingwa, Abakaliki, Aguata, Orumba North and South Local Government areas are becoming unbearable. These governors, in conjunction with some Abuja/Lagos-based politicians, have steadfastly refused to understand that Biafrans both home and abroad have decided to fight for the total restoration of Biafra sovereignty with all our might.
“Our movement and struggle for Biafra freedom is divine and totally ordained by the Most High God, therefore those opposed to it across Biafraland cannot win this battle against IPOB,” the statement added.