The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is a pro-Biafra led by the controversial Nnamdi Kanu. The group was set up with the intention of breaking away from Nigeria to form an independent nation of Biafra.
Biafra is expected to be made of a number of states in South-East Nigeria which is made up mainly of people from the Igbo ethnic group.
Latest News on IPOB & Biafra
In this post, we take a look at the latest news emanating from IPOB and Biafra.
The Nigeria Police Force arrests 33 suspected IPOB members (November 25, 2018)
In November 2018, the Nigeria Police Force also revealed that it arrested 33 suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) based on evidence linking them to the killing of a police inspector, Akinbami Olaniyi, in Nnewi, Anambra state on 23rd November 2018.
The NPF spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood said the suspects ambushed its men. Some of the officers include the Divisional Police Officer, Central Police Station (CPS), Nnewi, CSP Babalola Adewunyi, ASP Micheal Duru attached to Area Command, Nnewi and Inspector Akinbami Olaniyi attached to CPS Nnewi and they set ablaze the police patrol vehicle.
The victims were rushed to the hospital after the incident for medical attention. Unfortunately, the Inspector died while the other Police personnel were placed under intensive care in the hospital.
The incident happened when the NPF received information that some members of IPOB were sighted gathering in their hundreds with dangerous weapons near Teaching Hospital, Owerri Road, Nnewi about to cause disturbance. However, the IPOB members ambushed the officers and the suspects took away 2 AK47 Rifles and one Beretta Pistol with ammunition.
They also attacked other innocent people on sight with machetes and other dangerous weapons as they marched towards the Agboedo Market shouting “NO ELECTIONS WITHOUT REFERENDUM”.
The arrested suspects are expected to be arraigned in Court once the investigation under Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act 2013 is completed.
Moshood also revealed that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had directed the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State to carry out intense search operations for the recovery of the two AK47 rifles and one Beretta Pistol with the ammunition snatched from the slain police inspector and other police officers wounded by the suspects.
The names of the suspects and exhibits recovered from them are highlighted below:
- Uche Amos, 65yrs, From Nnewi North Lga, Anambra State
- Eliazer Emmanuel, 24yrs, From Umunneochi Lga, Abia State
- Eliazer Chima, 23yrs, From Umunneochi Lga, Abia State
- Abuchi Obeta, 19yrs, From Nnewi South Lga, Anambra State
- Somtochukwu Okafor, 17yrs, From Nnewi North Lga, Anambra State
- Agboma Jude, 35yrs, From Nsukka, Enugu State
- Ezezona Oduagu
- Kelechi Eze, 20yrs, From Nnewi North Lga, Anambra State
- Okafor Chimiere Olisa, 20yrs, From Nnewi North Lga, Anambra State
- Rapheal Ogoh, 27yrs, From Nnewi South Lga, Anambra State
- Okeke Chisom, 19yrs, From Nnewi North Lga, Anambra State
- Daniel Nwakpu, 35yrs, From Ikwo, Ebonyi State
- Friday Nwafor, 34yrs, From Ishielu Lga, Ebonyi State
- Onyeka Nwajobi, 49yrs, From Nnewi North Lga, Anambra State
- Obeta Uwakwe, 25yrs, From Igboeze North Lga, Anambra State
- Festus Odika, 41yrs, From Nnewi North Lga, Anambra State
- Emmanuel Okoye, 22yrs, From Nnewi North Lga, Anambra State
- Umeh Sunday, 43yrs, From Aguata Lga, Anambra State
- Ike Chiemezie Samuel
- Sunday Ilonze, 43yrs, From Nnewi North Lga, Anambra State
- Chukwuemeka Nwaese, 32yrs, From Nnewi North Lga, Anambra State
- Odugu Chima, 23yrs, From Nnewi North Lga, Anambra State
- Jacob Monday, 48yrs, From Nnewi South Lga, Anambra State
- Vincent Okoroafor, 39yrs, From Owerri North, Imo State
- Jude Eke, 32yrs, From Igboeze South Lga, Enugu State
- Charles Ukazu, 35yrs, From Ideato South Lga, Imo State
- Ezieokwu Ernest 17 Yrs, From Nnewi North Lga, Anambra State
- Chibuike Ozoemena, 30yrs, From Ikeduru Lga, Imo State
- Chigozie Onyeogaziri, 46yrs, From Nnewi North Lga, Anambra State
- Nwankwo Donatus, 48yrs, From Orumba South Lga, Anambra State
- Okafor Olisa, 20yrs, From Nnewi North Lga, Anambra State
- Peter Nwankwo, 25yrs, From Nnewi South Lga, Anambra State
- Ebegboni Geoffrey, 43yrs, From Ika South Lga, Delta State
- Eight motorcycles
- Five IPOB Flags
- Five IPOB Caps
IPOB States Commitment To Restoring Biafra Sovereignty (November 25, 2018)
In response to the arrest of some members of IPOB, the group has reiterated its commitment towards restoring Biafra sovereignty through peaceful and democratic process, stressing it would not be deterred by confrontations with security agents.
The group also dissociated itself from the reports that it was involved in a campaign march of “no elections” next year in southeastern states on Friday, attacked and killed a police officer in Nnewi. According to IPOB, the people that had been arrested by the police, following the incident were not their member but perhaps poor innocent citizens.
According to the IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group has never indulged in violence or crime, no matter the level of provocation from security agents and the Nigerian government.
He further revealed that the incident was simply another example of a lawless police organisation intent on causing trouble. He stated that the police that raced to the venue of the peaceful march and started shooting and attacking IPOB family members, who were on a peaceful rally in commemoration of our leader’s reappearance in Jerusalem.
Another IPOB march took place in November 2018 with the group stating its readiness to boycott the 2019 general elections.
They further revealed that the march held under the aegis of IPOB Volunteers was to register their happiness over the second coming and reappearance of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in Jerusalem last month.
According to Emma Powerful, the march held across Biafraland like Rivers, Enugu, Abia, Anambra, Delta, Imo, Ebonyi, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and other Biafra clans and tribes fraudulently caved into Kogi, Benue and Edo States.
He said the efforts by IPOB family worldwide to restore Biafra sovereignty must continue until Nigeria Government and her handlers give a date for Biafra referendum.
He further revealed that there were determined to leave the prison called Nigeria where British government experimented to lead black Africans and other black nations across the globe but failed to live up to the expectations for over 100 years, because of Hausa-Fulani dominations.
Powerful also pinpointed the adulterated Biafran working with the Nigeria Government and revealed that they have preferred to be slaves in their own fathers land to the detriment of Biafra restoration project.
Lawmakers dismiss IPOB’s call to boycott 2019 elections (November 12, 2018)
Responding the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s claim for the people of the South East to boycott the 2019 election, a member of the House of Representatives, Anayo Nnebe (PDP-Anambra) dismissed the call of the IPOB leader. Nnebe represents Awka North/South Constituency in the House of Representatives. He is also the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Sports
The lawmaker spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja in response to Kanu Facebook broadcast aired by Radio Biafra.
According to Nnebe, it will impact negatively on the South-East if for any reason, people got involved in boycotting the election.
He further expressed optimism that the issue would be resolved before the elections as he believes their claims are a product of youthful exuberance, but they checkmated by the elders before the election.
Another lawmaker, Rep Emmanuel Orker-Jev (PDP-Benue) also responded to Kanu’s claims stating that all Nigerians from the community leaders to the religious and social leaders must work with the Federal Government toward ensuring peaceful polls in the country.
IPOB on its own part has revealed that its call to boycott the 2019 general elections was caused by Federal Government’s failure to address its demands, stressing that it was not a fresh campaign.
The group reiterated that unless its demands were met, its stance that elections would not hold in the South East and South South regions was sacrosanct, saying propaganda by some individuals and groups in Igboland against the group would not discourage it from its mission.
The South- East Renewal Group (SERG) has also responded to Nnamdi Kanu’s claims outlawing the IPOB leader and warning him to risk spending the rest of his life in jail if he steps foot in any part of Nigeria.
Ndigbo Youth Reacts To IPOB Claims On 2019 Elections (October 29, 2018)
There was an exchange of words between the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth council and IPOB with the former respond to the claims of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu that Igboland will burn if governors Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), David Umahi (Ebonyi) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) are reelected for a second term in 2019.
The National President of the Ohanaeze youth had responded to the IPOB claims after their meeting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State with its National President, Okechukwu Isiguzoro reiterating that Kanu failed to get it right, insisting that the governors have done well and deserved a second chance.
In his statement, Isiguzoro revealed that the Ohanaeze Youths respect and appreciate all views, opinions and comments of individuals or groups on any issue, but Kanu did not get it right as every Southeast governor seeking reelection mean well for Ndigbo and will be reelected in 2019 as we insist that Ugwuanyi, Umahi and Ikpeazu will win in their states.
He further stated that no part of Igbo land will burn if the governors win, as we will ensure that we will continue to enjoy peace and positive economic activities in Abia or any part of Southeast before, during and after 2019 elections.
However, he urged the Southeast governors to keep their promises by ensuring that the palace of Igwe Israel Kanu, in Umuahia and the roads leading to the palace should be rehabilitated.
Isiguzoro summarized his statement by reiterating that the Ohanaeze youths will always advocate non-violent 2019 elections and insist that Igbo will vote in the 2019 elections as boycott will give room for votes buying, which we will resist with our blood.
That same month, the Police arrested 51 IPOB members as they staged a peaceful march along some major streets in Umuahia, Abia State, calling for a Jewish nation.
According to the State Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna, who confirmed the arrest, he said those arrested with Biafra insignia included 10 females and 41 males.
He further revealed that they carried Biafra Insignia and Israeli flags during the march that started at the premises of leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The police trailed them with a convoy of four security patrol vans as they marched.
According to one of the protesters, Israel Ibe, their peaceful march was informed by the need to have a Jewish nation in Biafra land as they don’t believe they are free being with the Nigeria government.
Ibe further revealed that the Nigerian culture and religion is not the same with theirs so the time has come for them to have their own country.
Ibe also disclosed that the worshippers informed the police and some government agencies before the peaceful protest.
On the other hand, the Chief Imam of Abia State, Sheikh Ali Ukiwo, described the action as bad, untimely and uncalled for, adding that historically in Igbo land, December is the month of celebrations.
However, IPOB requested that the police in Umuahia release without further delay, the Jewish worshippers it arrested during the march for Biafra referendum and freedom. The group also threatened to notify the Jewish community all over the world, particularly Jewish worshipers in Israel and other parts of the world about the arrest.
The Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful alleged that the members were arrested at various locations in Umuahia, for merely exercising their fundamental rights. He further revealed that the police and army were humiliating and harassing IPOB and if they don’t put an end to it, they will face the consequences.
In the statement, the group also urged the state police commissioner and governor, OkezieIkpeazu to ensure the immediate release of the protesters who committed no crime.
In response to this protest, the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Uchenna Madu cautioned the leadership of the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) against its unguided and unnecessary marching order to Igbo people residing in northern states.