The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has disowned four gunmen that were killed at the weekend by the Nigerian Army.
The gunmen were reportedly killed on Saturday during a gun duel with soldiers at Nnobi junction in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The army’s spokesperson, Brigadier General Onyeama Nwachukwu, had said that the slain gunmen were members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra/ Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN), a separatist group in the country’s South East.
But responding in a statement on Monday, IPOB claimed that the gunmen were political thugs and not its members.
“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,” IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, said in a statement.
The separatist group further claimed that the gunmen eliminated by the soldiers were alleged political thugs of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, on assignment in Anambra.