Southeast separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has denied allegations by the Nigerian Army, that it was responsible for the alleged gruesome murder of a military couple in Imo State.
The Nigerian Army had on Tuesday, accused IPOB and the Eastern Security Network(ESN), of the alleged murder of two of its personnel, Master Warrant Officer (MWO) Audu M Linus (retired) and Private (Pte) Gloria Matthew.
The deceased, according to the director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, met their untimely death on Saturday, April 30, 2022, while on transit to Imo state for their traditional wedding.
But in a swift reaction to the allegation, IPOB in a statement issued on Wednesday by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, dissociated its members from any involvement in the alleged murder of the two military personnel.
“Our attention is drawn to the laughable and fallacious statement credited to the Nigeria Army that IPOB is responsible for the killing of a couple on transit in Imo State after their marriage ceremony.
“We, therefore, wish to place on record that IPOB has no hands in the said atrocity which is an abominable act in Igbo tradition. No true Igbo will hurt an in-law, how much more a married daughter (Ada) in Igbo land. Even the ancestors will avenge such wickedness.
“We cannot kill our sister who is about to marry, but those who killed them were those Nigerian government and its security agencies, especially the military and DSS created to demonise IPOB and ESN.
“These agents of death some of whom we have made their identities public severally are behind the killings of these soldiers, not IPOB or ESN operatives”, the statement read.