The People of Biafra (IPOB) has reacted to the recent attack launched against worshippers at Ozubulu Catholic Church in Anambra describing it as barbaric and also debunking the reports by the police had let out to the public that the killing was as a result of drug business deal that went bad between two brothers.
In a press release made available by the media and publicity secretary of the group, Comrade Emma Powerful, it said the conclusion by the police that the killing was a result of a business gone wrong in far away South Africa was a hasty one and cannot be said to be true.
It partly reads:
It is unfortunate that the Nigeria police who are required to enter into a detailed investigation with the view to apprehending the culprits, merely concluded within an hour that they know the cause and the perpetrators of the crime.
“We don’t know when Nigerian Police acquired this level of efficiency and excellence that enabled them to conclude their investigations within an hour. Does it mean they had prior knowledge of the crime and if so why weren’t measures put in place to preempt it?
The group wondered why with all the countless Police and Army check points along the roads in Anambra State, especially along Onitsha-Owerri Road leading to Ozubulu did not intercept the murderers, given that crime detection and prevention is often cited as the main reason why AK47 brandishing police and army recruits litter the roads.
He said, “We are alerting the international community, men and women of good conscience to prevail on Nigeria and Anambra State Government to constitute an independent and transparent panel of inquiry to ascertain what actually happened because this level of brutality is unheard of in Anambra State and entire Biafra before now.
“This massacre of our people in Ozubulu as with other indiscriminate slaughter of our people around Nigeria is a constant reminder to us all of the threat we face each day we delay our exit from Nigeria. Unfortunately for us, these heinous crimes will be visited upon us at predictable intervals until we collectively summon the courage to demand for our right to a referendum that will settle this once and for all time.
“It won’t come to us as a surprise if after all the investigations, it turns out that those behind this despicable crime are individuals sponsored by dark forces within Nigeria intent on destabilising the IPOB’s relentless march towards the liberation of Biafra and other ethnic nationalities under the yoke of Hausa Fulani Islamic domination in Nigeria. We believe that no sane mind can attribute this level of evil terrorist attack on Ozubulu as a direct result of a business transaction gone wrong in far away South Africa.”