By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the recent arrest and intimidation of Jewish adherents during their peaceful procession to sensitize the general public about their denominations in Umuahia, Abia State.
The group described the action as unconstitutional, abnormal and unacceptable.
A statement by IPOB’s media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful to journalists in Awka, the group vowed that it will not relent in tweeting and writing world leaders and religious leaders on the persecution and arrest of their religious adherents who committed no crime against anybody or Nigeria as a nation.
The statement read in part, “The barbaric attack on the innocent Jewish worshipers exercising their legitimate rights by combined security forces is totally abnormal and unacceptable.
“IPOB and other Jewish adherents across the whole world cannot allow those behind the evil acts to go Scot free. We will go after the perpetrators of this sacrilegious act against the Jewish adherents of the oldest religion in Umuahia and those who were deceptively saying that IPOB was involved in a show of force with the police yesterday in Umuahia, Abia state.
“We must correct this misleading impression before it gains ground because the most gullible might accept that IPOB was involved in any fracas with Nigeria security forces when nothing like that ever happened.
“Biafrans wherever you may be should never underestimate the poison dripping from the tip of the pen of certain individuals in the pay of the government who are in the habit of always saying IPOB was involved in a rally when such never happened.”
IPOB insisted that the peaceful procession yesterday was the prerogative of the traditional Jewish Religious Adherents not IPOB adding that it is a fact and that must be conveyed to counter the lies of the enemy.
The group wondered why Abia State Police Commissioner and other pro-APC elements are twisting the story to make it what it is not.
Continuing, the statement said, “There are more than 50million Biafrans practising Judaism in various forms from the beginning of time before the creation of this evil contraption called Nigeria by British in 1914 and establishment of IPOB in 2012.
“These are facts we cannot escape from. Okezie Ikpeazu must release those he ordered their detention. The fact our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and others practice Judaism does not mean every Jewish religious member is an IPOB member.
“We in IPOB do not hide or disguise our appearance since the inception of this divine movement and we have no reason to do so. We have always maintained our fearlessness before our enemies.”