The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied any involvement in Monday’s attack on the Owerri Correctional Centre that led to the release of 1,844 inmates.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that the Inspector-General of Police in a statement on Monday accused IPOB and ESN of being responsible for the recent attacks on police formations in the Southeast and yesterday’s attack on Owerri Correctional Centre.
Spokesperson of IPOB, Emma Powerful, in a statement on Monday, denied the allegations saying that it was “ fallacious” linking the group and the operatives of the ESN to the attacks.
He added that operatives of the outlawed ESN were in the bushes chasing herdsmen and couldn’t have attacked the facilities as claimed by the IGP.
The statement read, “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra 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 Eastern Security Network (ESN) are known groups, not unknown gunmen. ESN is in the bush chasing terrorists and has no business with the said attacks.
“We were not involved in the attack in Owerri and the recent attack on Onitsha-Owerri road at Ukwuorji junction.
“It is not our mandate to attack security personnel or prison facilities,’’ he stated.