IPOB, Uwazuruike in verbal war
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB),has alleged leader of Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), Chief Raphael Uwazuruike was working with Hausa Fulani Islamic Jihadists and has betrayed the struggle for restoration of a Biafra state.
The group said the four-day ultimatum given to Uwazuruike to provide evidence to support his claim that IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu and members were ‘fraudsters who are out to deceive gullible people’ has elapsed and described him as a ‘big fraudster without certificate.’
A statement signed by IPOB deputy leader, Mr. Alphonsus Uche Okafor-Mefor and spokespersons of the group, Mr. Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya said Uwazuruike wanted to damage IPOB’s global posture and that of its leader by impugning his and its collective integrity.
The statement read: “Like the Hausa Fulani Islamic Jihadists he is now working for, Uwazuruike peddled false allegation and definitely has no evidence to substantiate it. Anybody who has been privileged to listen to Kanu preach his gospel of Biafra restoration on Radio Biafra, or any of his numerous press interviews, will know that only few people alive, today, can be said to be his equal or match intellectually…Uwazuruike should provide the public with the name of the university where he studied law and at least two names of his former classmates at the university. We would like to know a title of Uwazuruike’s thesis and the name of his supervising professor. Uwazuruike should provide the public with his Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) enrolment number since he claims to be a lawyer.
“From all indications, Uwazuruike is the person that does not have any certificate and therefore, a fraudster. Had Uwazuruike remained faithful to the cause of Biafra restoration and not engrossed in defrauding and deceiving unsuspecting Biafrans, Kanu and IPOB would not have emerged,” IPOB stated.
But in a swift reaction after a closed door general meeting of BIM held in Okpoko, Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, the convener of the meeting and Nnewi North Regional Administrator of BIM, Emmanuel Omenka, said IPOB is a toothless bull dog with empty threats.
“IPOB gave Uwazuruike a four-day ultimatum to prove his innocence against the allegation he (Uwazuruike) levelled against Kanu and the ultimatum has since elapsed without heaven falling.
“It is an empty threat; they are cowards and do not have an office. They only make noise at newspaper stands and on pages of newspapers,” Omenka stated.
It should be recalled that Chief Uwazuruike had dismissed as idiotic the allegation by members of IPOB that he (Uwazuruike) was one of the masked men recruited by the Federal Government to testify against Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader, in the opening treason case brought against the detained Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Describing Kanu and his IPOB as “fraudsters who are out to deceive gullible people”, Uwazuruike said he does not need to be masked to give evidence against Nnamdi Kanu if he wishes to do so, as he would do so in the open.
The IPOB director of Media, Emma Powerful in a media statement had aledged that Chief Uwazuruike and one Mr. Chijioke Mbaneri and some others had agreed with the DSS to hide under a screen to give evidence on the ongoing treason trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu before Justice Binta Nyako in Abuja.