The Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB, has denied any involvement in the death of an Anglican priest in Imo State’s Nkwere Local Government Area.
IPOB stated that hoodlums manufactured by security officers, not its members, were to blame for such criminality in the Southeast.
On Monday, unknown gunmen assassinated Rev Emeka Merenu of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) during the sit-at-home order.
The Nkwerre-born clergyman was assassinated on the spurious charge that he had brought in military to secure the Church and School under his control.
After killing him, the assailants set fire to his automobile.
Members of IPOB’s Eastern Security Network, ESN, were implicated in the death after the occurrence.
IPOB spokesman Emma Powerful, on the other hand, has refuted such reports.
In a statement released on Thursday, Powerful explained the situation.
“The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by liberator and prophet of our time, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, desire to disassociate ourselves from the reported murder of an Anglican priest in Nkwere LGA of Imo State on Tuesday,” Powerful writes.
“The IPOB has nothing to do with such heinous behavior. Anyone accusing IPOB of such a heinous act is merely trying to demonize the organization. We don’t kill, and killing a priest isn’t on our list of things to do.
“It will be wrong for people to blame IPOB for crimes committed by government hoodlums, who are frequently backed by security services and adversaries to paint us in a negative way.
“Killing an ordained priest who was not working against Biafran restoration is not in our DNA.”
IPOB had called for a sit-in in memory of those killed when security operatives attempted to apprehend Kanu in Afaraukwu in 2017.
Over Kanu’s rearrest, the group also ordered a sit-at-home order.