The Indigenous People of Biafra has denied reports that the Nigerian Army killed its members in Nnobi area of Anambra state.
Reacting on Monday, IPOB said that the four individuals killed by soldiers are not operatives of the Eastern Security Network, ESN.
IPOB said those killed in Nnobi, Idimili South Local Government Area of Anambra State were criminals, terrorists, and not ESN operatives.
In a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, the separatist group accused the Federal Government of falsehood.
IPOB said “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the command and leadership of our great leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU has been drawn to the fabricated and laughable claims by Nigeria Government and its military that they killed four IPOB and ESN operatives in Nnobi Idemili South LGA Anambra State.
“We want to categorically state to all and sundry that IPOB and ESN members were not the ones killed in the said operation. Neither IPOB members nor ESN operatives were among those purportedly killed by the Army in Nnobi two days ago. We don’t know why Nigeria Government always likes to cover the truth and peddle falsehood.
“What happened was that they mistakenly killed some criminals and terrorists. These bunch of hooligans are the ones unleashing mayhem on our people in the name of ESN, just to implicate and demonise IPOB. But nemesis caught up with them.
“Nigerian Army thought they killed ESN operatives not knowing it was bandits recruited by Uzodinma that they killed. They now wanted to cover up by tagging them IPOB members but unknown to them their deceit can not be covered anymore.”