The Indigenous People of Biafra on Wednesday said its security outfit, Eastern Security Network, only confronts criminals who masquerade as herders to rape, kidnap and kill people in Lokpanta area of Abia State.
The group said it has nothing wrong with Fulanis carrying out their legitimate business in the South-East, assuring them of their safety.
IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, was commending ESN confronting of alleged terrorists masquerading as herders in Lokpanta area of Abia State.
Powerful said in a statement, “We, the global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu commend the doggedness of our great security outfit called the Eastern Security Network (ESN) who confronted the terrorists masquerading as herdsmen at Lokpanta on 22nd July 2022.
“We commend the IPOB leadership who has seen what our people are going through at the hands of these terrorists kidnapping for ransom, raping our mothers on farms, killing our men on their farms and snatching cars from all the travellers following the routes in Isiukwuato, Umunneochi, Isuochi and Okigwe since over two years but the government refused to heed to the crying of the citizens.
“IPOB hails them for doing the needful in that area; we are not pursuing responsible Fulanis not to do their legitimate business. But we are after those terrorists masquerading as herdsmen kidnapping and destroying our people’s lives and farmlands in that area.
“IPOB and ESN are responsible for the killing of cows encroaching into people’s farmlands. We also warn the Fulani terrorists not to venture to attack any Community in the area as in their nature.
“If they attack any community, that means Fulani will no longer be allowed to do business again in that market. IPOB advises all Fulanis in a legitimate business to ensure they stay within the designated areas assigned for them in the market. They must not exceed the square meters and measurements given to them in that market. If they do, they will have scores to settle with IPOB.”