The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said it established the Eastern Security Network (ESN) because of the need to protect the people of South East from attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
In a statement issued by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB blasted the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma for stating that the group lacks the funds to operate efficiently.
Countering Uzodimma’s claim, IPOB revealed that the ESN receives funds from members in over 160 countries.
“The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra has been drawn to the fallacious, amusing and shameful claims by the Supreme Court Administrator in Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, that IPOB hijacked the Eastern Security Network from the South-East governors.
“We don’t need to belabour ourselves in convincing the public on who set up the ESN, because it is a public knowledge.
“For five months, our leader was begging South-East and South-South governors to float a regional security outfit to protect and defend our people against genocidal attacks by terrorists masquerading as Fulani herdsmen.
“Our leader even wrote a letter to the governors, which was made public, but they turned deaf ear to all the pleas, including the clamour by the people for a regional security outfit.
“Every honest person will attest to the fact that ESN was floated by IPOB in response to the yearnings of our people for self-defence against terrorists. It was a child of necessity borne as a result of the failure of the governors to rise to their responsibility of protecting lives and property of the people.
“Their inability to stand with the people was because of their usual tendency to please their caliphate slave masters even to the detriment of their people,” the statement read partly.