The group described the allegation as complete falsehood targeted at tarnishing its image and urged the public to disregard such information.
Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, in a statement, yesterday, insisted that the group remains a well-structured movement and not lawless bandits, adding that the group does not deal in acts typical of blood sucking, like terrorists and herdsmen.
He said IPOB members were not involved in such barbarity and are neither bandits nor terrorists that spill blood. He maintained that the group is a non-violent and peaceful movement whose agenda is the restoration of Biafra.
The statement read in part: “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the fabricated falsehood being peddled by enemies that IPOB killed oil workers in Etekuru community and Asa in Ohaji Local Council of Imo State.
“Killing or maiming of innocent lives is not part of our mandate. We suspended the sit-at-home order and anybody enforcing it on the day we suspended it must have been sponsored by government and her security agencies to blackmail IPOB. We have no business with oil companies and their workers in Ohaji or any other place. The oil companies should investigate this attack thoroughly and know who was involved in the act.
“IPOB is a well-structured movement with orderliness and Command-and Control… We are not lawless bandits. Nobody should associate us with barbaric acts typical of blood sucking terrorists and Fulani herdsmen who our men have been risking their lives to stop from taking over our ancestral land.
“We have been raising this alarm a long time ago but many people didn’t believe us. Now, it’s happening before us all.”