The Nigerian Army says IPOB and ESN sponsors are using propaganda to galvanise support

The Nigerian Army (NA) says it has uncovered the antics of sponsors of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its Eastern Security Network (ESN) to peddle falsehood and disinformation to remain relevant in the South East.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said this in a statement, titled, “Conspiracy Pretext Employed by IPOB/ESN, a Hoax” on Saturday in Abuja.

Nwachukwu said the recent allegation by one Kalu Odinakachi that DMI and DSS created and funded Biafra National Guard (BNG/UGM) to enforce the Sit-at-Home order in a bid to discredit IPOB/ESN was one of such scheming, currently in the media domain.

He clarified that the spurious allegation was unfounded and could be absolutely described as a hoax.

According to him, the Nigerian army would not like to elevate such purveyors of disinformation and propaganda, but it is expedient to put on record, that in recent times, the activities of IPOB/ESN have undoubtedly assumed a violent dimension.

“This unimaginable level of violence is oiled with propaganda and disinformation to whip-up sentiments and draw sympathy from unsuspecting citizens in the region.

“For the records, the proscribed organisation has in recent times foisted a sit-at-home order to show sympathy for their self acclaimed leader.

“This was greeted with violence, orchestrated destruction of public installations and facilities, arson, as well as looting of shops and malls in the region, to demonstrate their criminal potency.

“They defiled the sanctity of the highly revered traditional institution of Ndigbos by recklessly murdering their own traditional leaders.

“These spineless and irresponsible actions targeted at the very people they claim they want to liberate, clearly unmask their heinous and directionless agenda for Ndigbos,” he said.

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