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Army did not attack ESN camp in Abia – IPOB

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Tuesday denied claims that the Nigerian Army attacked the Eastern Security Network, ESN, camp in the Arochukwu area of Abia State.

IPOB said remarks that the Nigerian military invaded the ESN camp at Afikpo forest was an indication of how clueless they are.

A statement by IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, reads: “The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by the great and indomitable leader Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu wish to debunk the claims of Nigeria military attacking IPOB ESN camp and killing 6 ESN Operatives by the terrorist Nigeria Army, Abia State Command.

“This claim is part of the Nigerian Army’s blackmail and propaganda against IPOB that should be trashed. All ESN Camps are intact.

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“The recent statement from the Nigeria military where they claimed they invaded ESN camp at Afikpo forest in Abia State, indicated that they are clueless and bent on demonizing IPOB even when the truth is bare to the public. The invaded camp belongs to a group that called themselves the Biafran National Guard (BNG). These groups have no affiliation with IPOB and ESN.

“IPOB is not the only group agitating for Biafra. The important question is, why does the NIGERIAN Government and its murderous Security Forces target IPOB alone? Even when other groups claim responsibility for any violent actions, the Nigerian Army will tag their actions on IPOB. The answer is that IPOB is the only genuine group agitating for Biafra freedom and the Nigerian Government is much aware.

“The Nigerian Government may have set up and sponsored other Biafra agitators to use their violent activities to blackmail IPOB ESN movements.

“For instance, after the Nigerian Government dumped the infiltrators they sponsored to terrorize Imo State and her environs, the Nigerian Army invaded the camp called Valley camp in Imo State.

“After the invasion, the notorious Nigerian Army labelled the boldly captioned Liberation Army Valley camp as ESN camp just to blackmail IPOB for standing resolute in the Self-determination struggle.

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“The latest claim by the Nigerian Army of invading and killing some of the armed agitators is one of their blackmail against IPOB and ESN.

“Whether the Nigerian Army invaded the camp or killed the armed fighters, has nothing to do with ESN Operatives. ESN Operatives have no camp in the so-called Afikpo forest and we do not have any affiliation with the BNG armed group.”

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