The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have raised alarm over alleged threats to life of its members by the Nigerian security agents.
The group said while some of the members have been marked for elimination, others were being hunted by the security forces.
In a statement made available to newsmen by the Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Emma Powerful said the threat had forced many to escape to other countries, while others were being trailed for arrest and torture.
The outlawed movement said those who ran away from Nigeria were going through trauma and emotional stress as they were being stopped from visiting their homes to attend the funeral of their loved ones.
The statement read in part, “We the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, under the command of our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to put the whole world on notice that the lives of our members are in grave danger in Nigeria. Our members have been marked for elimination, and are being hunted by the Nigerian security agents.
“Some of our members who are lucky enough to escape to other countries escape untimely death while others who are not are being trailed for arrest and torture. Even those who fled the country are passing through trauma and emotional stress as they are being prevented to visit home to attend the burial of their beloved ones.
“Till today, operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS and other security agencies in Nigeria are still trailing IPOB Media Supervisor in Rivers State, Madam Obiageli Vivian Mboma (a. k. a Oby Mboma), who fled Nigeria since 2016.
“This Biafran activist could not attend her mother’s burial which held recently for fear of arrest by the Nigeria security agents. Madam Oby’s fate is common among thousands of other Biafran agitators who have today been made fugitives in their ancestral lands because the wicked security agencies in Nigeria have placed them on their wanted list.
“Our members are facing serious persecution in Nigeria. Security agents keep trailing and hunting them. Some of them are languishing in various detention facilities across the country without trial. Instead of fighting terrorists, bandits, killer herdsmen, Boko Haram and ISWAP that are at the verge of taking over Nigeria, the Nigeria Government is only busy hunting down peaceful Biafran agitators.
“Our members are in serious danger in Nigeria. We appeal for global assistance so that the Nigeria Government will not succeed in its evil agenda to decimate Biafra activists. We are peaceful people seeking the restoration of our beloved Biafran Republic. Our only crime to the Nigeria State is that we demand self-determination which is our fundamental right.”
However, while praising European countries and other nations for providing refuge to many of their fugitive members and other Biafran agitators being trailed for elimination in Nigeria, IPOB appealed to other countries of the world to come to its members help.
“The God of heavens will not leave them unrewarded for this humanitarian gesture. When Biafra is fully restored, we shall certainly reciprocate this goodwill,” the statement added.
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