IPOB: Christians, churches now targets of terrorists
The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra has raised the alarm over possible attacks on Christians and non-Muslims in Biafra land by killer-herdsmen and bandits.
According to the group, the plot is to replicate the ugly incident of Owo, in Ondo State, where over 32 Christians were massacred, inside a church.
The pro-Biafra body claimed it got intelligence from its “M-Branch” that bandits were targeting churches, Christians, and their locations for imminent attacks, adding that Biafrans must be on the alert to avert the danger ahead.
This was contained in a statement released on Tuesday by the group’s Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful.
IPOB in the statement, said, “We, the global family of Indigenous People of Biafra, ably led by our prophet and indefatigable liberator, Mazi Kanu, deemed it necessary to once again alert the Christians and the general public that Fulani people have devised another means of attack against Christians, churches, and non-Muslims in Biafraland.
“The information contained in the intel received from our intelligence unit, “the M.Branch,” says the Nigerian government is transferring bandits and terrorists as ostensible Christians into the eastern region of Nigeria in readiness to replicate similar or deadlier terrorist act that was unleashed in Owo Catholic Church, Ondo State.
“We advise Christians and other religious leaders to sit up, be at alert and be security conscious as strange seeming worshippers of non-Igbo ethnicity would infiltrate their midst to commit havoc.
“They must be on the lookout for Fulani-looking persons that may come to join them in pretence as converted Christians. Do not also be deceived into thinking that Fulanis don’t speak Igbo, dress like Igbo, and behave like indigenes, because, they do. So many of them were born and brought up in Igbo-land and they know, not just all nooks and crannies of the Igbo land, they also understand all events and their seasons.
“These terrorists and bandits have flooded Biafraland, especially the commercial cities like Aba, and others in Abia State, where Pastor Kumuyi had chosen for his aborted crusade.
“They parade themselves as having converted to Christianity and are being rejected by their Muslim families in the North, which for us is “tragedy waiting to happen.”
“They now attach Christian names to their names as religious tricks to have you accept them. Examples, are Emmanuel Kabiru Sule, Mathew Christian Shehu, John Lewis Katsina, and others.
“They tell very pathetic stories that touch the heart of people of conscience like the Igbos. Please, don’t allow them; they are terrorists and bandits. Christians in Biafraland should know that they are the next targets and they must take absolute security precautions as their plans are deadlier than can be imagined.
“Churches must introduce tighter and properly detailed security measures. Do not fall for this Fulani hoodwink, they’re in our midst now.
“Always return home early, recognise and note the people and things around you.
“All market leaders are advised to beef up their security because markets, where our people stay and do business, are another important target for Fulani bandits. They have encircled everywhere, but they will fail and nobody should entertain fear because IPOB/ESN is waiting for them. However, always be ready to take precautionary measures.”
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