By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi on Thursday, stated that some criminal elements were masquerading as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) to commit crimes in the South-East .
Umahi said this during an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme Sunrise Daily.
“The truth of what is happening is that there are bandits everywhere; there are cultists everywhere. What happens now in the South-East is that criminals who may not necessarily be members of IPOB and ESN, will go and commit crimes and they need a name.
“So it’s safer for them to say they are members of ESN, and IPOB so that the persecution of IPOB and ESN by the Federal Government will cover them.
“That is what is happening in South-East because IPOB and ESN have a number of times come out to say they are not into terrorism and violence, and the people burning police stations and killing are not their members. And so how do you reconcile the two?” he said.
Recall that IPOB has been blamed by some state authorities and individuals for the recent spate of violent attacks on correctional facilities and police stations in the South-East, with the group refuting such allegations and maintaining that it is non-violent in its agitations.