The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied that its security outfit, Eastern Security Network (ESN), is responsible for the attack on the Imo State police headquarters and the Correctional Centre in Owerri on Monday.
IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, in a statement insisted that ESN and IPOB are focused on chasing Fulani herdsmen away from their forests.
“ESN is in the bush chasing Fulani terrorists. Why linking IPOB and ESN to this attack? IPOB and ESN were not involved in the attack in Owerri, Imo State. and the recent attack on Onitsha Owerri road at Ukwuorji junction.
“It is not our mandate to attack security personnel or prison facilities.
“The Nigeria Government and her compromised media outfits should stop linking IPOB and ESN to the multiple attacks going on in Nigeria now.
“IPOB was formed on the principle of peace and we are still in it. Unknown gunmen is a different people which we don’t know them and they are not IPOB or ESN security outfit,” the statement read.
Unidentified hoodlums attacked the correctional centre on Monday morning, setting the prison on fire and freed hundreds of inmates.
IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in his reaction said “no one deserves to be in prison in Nigeria“.