The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has distanced itself from Monday’s attacks on the police and correctional service headquarters in Imo State.
Its spokesperson Emma Powerful said in a statement issued in Owerri on Monday that the group was formed on the principle of peace and would not compromise its principles.
It would also not attack any government facility, he stated.
“The attention of IPOB has been drawn to the fallacious and fabricated reports that it is involved in the attack of prison and police headquarters in Imo.
“IPOB and Eastern Security Network (ESN) are known groups, not unknown gunmen. ESN is in the bush chasing terrorists and have 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.
The headquarters of the police in Imo, as well as that of the correctional service, was attacked at about 2:00 a.m. on Monday by unknown gunmen.
They set hundreds of inmates free from the correctional centre and set many vehicles there ablaze.
Meanwhile, soldiers have been drafted to secure the government house in Owerri. The troops already barricaded arterial roads to the facility.