SouthEastern States Boils as IPOB Declares War On Ebubeagu over gruesome killings

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Monday declared that Ebubeagu members are not welcome in Igboland.

IPOB in July put a bounty of N2 million on the head of the leader of Ebubeagu security outfit who allegedly led his men to kill 14 Otulu and Awo-Mmamma youths, who were returning from a traditional wedding of their friend in Imo State.

However, IPOB in a statement signed by its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, on Monday, said it was about to unleash its venom on Ebubeagu for the countless massacres of its people, especially in Imo.

IPOB alleged that members of Ebubeagu were drafted from militants from the Coastal part of Biafra (South-South), Fulani bandits and Igbo criminals. It also alleged that the objective of the creation of the outfit is not to stop criminal activities but to harass, intimidate and depopulate innocent Igbo youths.

According to the group, the Imo State people’s choice governor was removed by the Fulani-controlled judiciary in favour of Hope Uzodinma to do the dirty job of slaughtering their innocent youths and destroying their people’s property.

IPOB asserted that it has appealed to Governor Uzodinma to disband the group he created but that its appeals were futile.

The statement reads in part, “Following the incessant killing of innocent citizens in Imo state by the Ebubeagu militia formed by Supreme Court Administrator of Imo State Hope Uzodinma, we the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu wish to state unequivocally and openly to all and sundry that IPOB is about to unleash its venom on the terrorist Ebubeagu for the countless massacre of our people, especially in Imo state.

“IPOB is very much aware that the murderous members of Ebubeagu were drafted from militants from the Coastal part of Biafra (South-South), Fulani bandits and some notorious criminal Igbo boys. The objective of the creation of this murderous outfit is not to stop criminal activities but to harass, intimidate and depopulate innocent Igbo youths, which they have been doing unchallenged for a while now. This evil outfit conducts illegal arrest of people and extort hundreds of thousands of Naira as ransom before their hapless victims are freed.

“Those who are not able to raise the thousands demanded of them for their freedom are killed. This murderous militia takes as much as N500,000 from their unfortunate victims. We have evidence of those they extorted to bail themselves with such exorbitant amounts before they were freed.

“The Imo State people’s choice governor was upturned by Fulani-controlled judiciary in favour of Hope Uzodinma to do this dirty job of slaughtering our innocent youths and destroying our people’s properties. Hope has used Ebubeagu to kill and destroy so many lives and homes in Imo State that it has become mind-boggling and has to be stopped.

The recent killing in Ugbele Izombe in Oguta LGA can only be described as genocide and we won’t allow such to continue in Biafraland.

“IPOB has kept quiet for so long and has appealed to Hope Uzodinma to disband the blood-sucking demons he created but all to no avail. Now it has become obvious to us that Hope Uzodinma and his masters are spilling the blood of our people for diabolical reasons in addition to the depopulation of Imo youths’ agenda. IPOB have a responsibility to defend our people and our land against invading terrorists. We are therefore declaring every Ebubeagu member a persona non-grata in Igboland.

Going forward, IPOB Leadership has given a matching order to ESN volunteers to go after the murderous Ebubeagu group and stop them from killing our people.

“Few weeks ago the Ebubeagu militias murdered 14 innocent Imo youths coming back from a traditional wedding in Awo-Mmamma.

“Ebubeagu invaded Izombe town in Oguta LGA of IMO State at the early hours of Saturday being the 6th of August, 2022, shooting sporadically at innocent people without any reason or provocation and killing two people on the spot in the process. So many were macheted and others sustained degrees of gunshot injuries.

“They abducted over 30 people, took away some cash that belongs to some local traders and even their goods. The most worrisome part of it is that they abducted some masquerades (Okorosha festival men) which is an abomination in Igbo culture (because Ebubeagu members are alien to Igbo culture). In the end, several houses, vehicles, motorcycles and shops were burnt down.

“These terrorist group called Ebubeagu have rendered many children orphans and made many women untimely widows and childless while at the same time rendering them homeless. These barbaric killings must be stopped and the killers and their sponsors must answer for their crimes against humanity.

“It is on record that governor Hope Uzodinma boasted of inviting the military to kill those people he pretends to be governing. It is so pathetic and heart-rendering that Imo indigenes have refused to call Hope Uzodinma and his APC co-travellers and its killing squad to order.

“The worst is that when they kill, they blame it on IPOB and ESN operatives. It’s unfortunate that Imo State Traditional Rulers and stakeholders in Imo state have remained mute while Hope Uzodinma’s militia in collaboration with the DSS and Police murder Imo State youths at will.”