The Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has blamed Nigeria’s security forces for an alleged assassination attempt on the group’s lawyer, Chukwuemeka Okoroafor on Friday.
In a statement he signed on Saturday, Kanu described the assassination attempt as a “war on Biafra”.
He said the attempt on the lawyer’s life was to scare other lawyers from defending the group.
The statement read, “Following the assassination attempt made in Abuja today on Barrister Chukwuemeka Richard Okoroafor, the IPOB lawyer who has been making frantic efforts to secure freedom for our ladies abducted from Obigbo at the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest and taken to Abuja, I, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, want to put the world on notice that the Nigeria Government has declared war on Biafra.
“The assassination attempt was in their desperation to frustrate us from securing freedom for these innocent ladies who the uncircumcised and amorous elements in the security agencies have turned into their … slaves.
“Barrister Okoroafor went to the military base in Suleja to confirm that our people are held there including Elvis Ngozi and 109 others.
“On coming out to Suleja-Bida Road, an unmarked white Hilux just crossed and opened fire on him.
“He told me that before leaving the base he discovered that his left back tyre was marked with black paint in the rim. He ran into Suleja Area Command and made a report. This testimony convinced me that the attackers are security agents.
“Security agents attempted to assassinate IPOB lawyer to frighten other lawyers from standing in for IPOB members.
“The leadership of IPOB has come to realize that Nigeria has decided to engage IPOB in war.
“The whole world must take note of this barbaric attack against innocent Barrister Chukwuemeka Richard Okoroafor, a lawyer who is doing his professional job.
“Since they have taken it upon themselves to assassinate IPOB lawyers and to stop IPOB from challenging them with truth, they will soon reap the fruit of their evil seed.”
He vowed that no amount on intimidate would make him back down from pursuing Biafra.