The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has flatly denied that it had a hand in the brutal killing of Dr. Chike Akunyili.
The medical doctor was brutally gunned down in Afor Nkpor in Anambra State by unknown gunmen believed to be members of the outlawed group, IPOB.
But going with the growing narrative that a shadowy group may be latching onto the activities of IPOB and perpetrating heinous crimes, the group in a statement said the “senseless” killings were politically motivated and had nothing to do with it.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the secessionist group, Emma Powerful, in the statement on Wednesday said: “We the great family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu, wish to dissociate ourselves from the senseless killing of innocent citizens in Anambra State.
“We have no hands in the political killings going on. We have severally raised the alarm that some cruel politicians are hiding under the cloak of the situation in Biafra land to eliminate their political enemies and blame it on IPOB.
“We don’t know why wicked politicians especially in Imo and Anambra States will choose to slaughter their opponents and turn around and point accusing fingers at IPOB or the operatives of Eastern Security Network ESN. Politicians should leave us alone and settle their scores. No IPOB member or ESN operative is involved in such barbarity. We have no interest in their politics. Restoration of Biafra is our mandate.”
Recall that in a tweet, Cyril, the younger brother of Late Dr. Chike Akunyili, had fingered IPOB, seeking to know why the group killed his brother, who was the husband to the former Minister of Information and Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Late Prof. Dora Akunyili.