The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, on Wednesday urged the Israeli government and other world governments to prevail on the Federal Government to stop killing its members who took photographs with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB alleged that its members, who took photographs with Kanu in Israel following his reemergence last year, upon return to Nigeria, were been hounded and killed by the Nigerian security agencies.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the secessionist group alerted that the lives of family members of its Israeli National Coordinator, Ibezim Obiorah Augustine and others were in danger, after they took photographs with Kanu.
According to IPOB: “We have made a passionate appeal to Israel and other world governments to prevail on Nigeria Government to stop killing our members as well as other Biafra agitators who visited Nigeria before Christmas and beyond from different countries.
“Biafrans abroad are humiliated and hunted down in their respective families and communities especially since Nnamdi Kanu IPOB leader snapped pictures with Israeli national coordinator and other members in Israel, their families are under serious attack by DSS and other security operatives.
“We alerted the world governments of the danger faced by Biafra agitators family’s in Nigeria since the appearance of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu in the state of Israel on October 2018.”
The group said its appeal became necessary following reports that “some of our members seeking refuge in some foreign countries face threat because of their involvement in the struggle for Biafra freedom.”
“The lives of our members here in Biafraland are in danger of summary execution by security operatives in Nigeria.
We certainly discovered that two of our members who recently arrived from the state of Israel got killed by Nigerian Army and dumped in a boro pit in Aba, Abia State.
“We, therefore, must plead with Governments of the world especially the Israeli Government and other western countries to give any support necessary to save the lives of IPOB members who eventually come to Nigeria.
“It is important we remind the whole world that those who were coming back from other parts of the world including Israel are facing serious persecutions here in Nigeria, particularly those who snapped pictures with IPOB leader.
Just last week two young men who were came back from Israel were killed and dumped along the road and in bush in Aba Abia state.”
“We appeal to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu to intervene and save the lives of Augustine and families including other members in Israel,” IPOB said.
It however vowed to sustain its agitation for Biafra independence despite what it termed “stiff resistance by the authorities,” adding that “no amount of intimidation or provocation will make it reconsider its non violent approach.”