IPOB appeals to Uzodimma for release of 500 detained members
By Valentine Amanze
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has appealed to the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, to bring back over “500 Biafra youths” abducted by the state security operatives from Imo State since last year.
It stated that the 500 youths needed to face prosecution via judicial process and not by the barrels of gun.
IPOB further stated: “This is also one year that Hope Uzodinma and his APC party invited military to kill innocent citizens in Imo State and they arrested and abducted many people who they ferried to Abuja.
“We are also yet to see them. They abuducted over 500 Biafra youths in Imo State since last year, and we want those youths back for prosecution if they think they commited any crime.”
IPOB, through a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, on Friday, also uged the governor to rebuild the houses of Ikonso’s family and his uncles’, which were burnt down by security agents.
Ikonso was an IPOB commander allegedly killed by the state security agents.
IPOB stated that the appeal was necessary because Governor Uzodimma had exonerated the IPOB members from the killings in Imo State.
According to the group, “Couple of weeks back Governor Hope Uzodimm told the general public that IPOB is not responsible for the insecurity in Imo State; but lest we forget, he has arrested many IPOB members in Imo State, killed hundreds of them, while thousands are missing under his administration. The question is: why is Hope Uzodinma not releasing all our members and non-members he abducted and put in detention since last year? Since he declared openly that IPOB is not responsible for the insecurity in Imo State why is he keeping our members in detention?
“What of those he handed over to Abba Kyria and his IRT team in Abuja? What of those put in Tiger detention facility in Imo State and many other innocent Biafrans suspected to be IPOB members he transferred to Abuja and Kaduna detention centers in the Northern part of Nigeria?”