The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, says no one deserves to be in any Nigerian prison.
Kanu disclosed this hours after gunmen attacked the headquarters of the police and prison in Imo State.
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While many vehicles were set ablaze in the attack on the police, over 1,800 inmates were released from prison.
In a tweet, Kanu said, “If Miyetti Allah terror herdsmen & other murderous #Fulani groups, including Boko Haram insurgents, can be arrested, freed and rehabilitated by this neo-colonial Fulanised @NGRPresident, then no single soul deserves to be in any prison in Nigeria. If you know you know! #UGM”
Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police, had said preliminary investigation showed that IPOB and Eastern Security Network, its armed wing, were behind the attack.
But Emma Powerful, spokesman of the outlawed group, said it is improper to attribute the attacks to the group.
“The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been drawn again to the fallacious and fabricated news that IPOB and ESN are involved in the attack of prison and police headquarters in Owerri Imo State.
“IPOB and ESN are known group not unknown gunmen. ESN is in the bush chasing Fulani terrorists, why linking IPOB and ESN to this attack. IPOB and ESN were not involved in the attack in Owerri Imo State. and the recent attack on Onitsha Owerri road at Ukwuorji junction.
“It is not our mandate to attack security personnel or prison facilities.
“The Nigeria Government and her compromised media outfits should stop linking IPOB and ESN to the multiple attacks going on in Nigeria now.
“IPOB was formed on principle of peace and we are still in it. Unknown gunmen is a different people which we don’t know them and they not IPOB or ESN security outfit,” he had said in a statement.