We are ready for probe –IPOB

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - From Emma Elekwa, Awka

The Indige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra (IPOB) has com­mended the lead­er­ship of the Nige­rian Se­nate as well as the cau­cus of South­east­ern sen­a­tors for their po­si­tion on the pro­scrip­tion of the group.

A state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day by the group’s Me­dia and Public­ity Sec­re­tary, Emma Pow­er­ful, ar­gued that “mass ex­e­cu­tion of mem­bers of IPOB would have com­menced un­der the cover of Op­er­a­tion Python Dance II, if not for the quick in­ter­ven­tion of the Se­nate Pres­i­dent and his col­leagues from the South-East”.

The group pledged to co-op­er­ate with any com­mis­sion of in­quiry or panel set up by the Se­nate to as­cer­tain what truly tran­spired be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the Op­er­a­tion Python Dance II.

The state­ment read in part, “That South-East law­mak­ers re­fused to be cowed into sub­mis­sion to tag IPOB un­der the lead­er­ship of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, a ter­ror­ist and un­law­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion should be ap­plauded by all lovers of free­dom around the world. It rep­re­sents the tri­umph of free­dom of speech and as­so­ci­a­tion over tyranny, brute force and dic­ta­to­rial ten­den­cies.

“Hav­ing demon­strated this rare courage in the face of over­whelm­ing tyranny and op­pres­sion, we, the IPOB mem­bers would gladly wel­come any fact find­ing mis­sion the law­mak­ers may con­sider nec­es­sary un­der the cir­cum­stance.

“With­out prej­u­dic­ing the out­come of this or any other Se­nate in­quiry, we see this as a wel­come op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate to all and sundry that IPOB was never, can never and will never bear arms against any­body or state. This is a golden op­por­tu­nity for Nige­rian law­mak­ers to as­cer­tain the truth, the whole truth and noth­ing but the truth.

“We strongly urge the Na­tional Assem­bly to in­ves­ti­gate the ac­tiv­i­ties of IPOB thor­oughly be­cause we have noth­ing to fear. They should also look into the re­cent killings of un­armed civil­ian pop­u­la­tions in Afa­raukwu Umuahia and Aba in the on-go­ing mil­i­tary oc­cu­pa­tion of Bi­afra­land.

“We are also call­ing on the United Na­tion UN, Euro­pean Union EU, African Union AU, ECOWAS, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, Hu­man Rights Watch, USA, Is­rael, Rus­sia, Bri­tain, Ger­many, France, and other rel­e­vant hu­man rights to probe IPOB and thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gate the on-go­ing killings of un­armed and in­no­cent civil­ians”.

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