The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has distanced itself from Gulak’s death, stressing that the assassination of politicians is not part of its agenda.
IPOB made the remark while insisting that it was not responsible for the murder of Ahmed Gulak, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
Some gunmen murdered Gulak while on his way to Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, Imo State, yesterday.
The Nigeria intelligence community had linked the Gulak’s killing to IPOB, but the state Police Command had refuted such claims.
Imo State Police Command spokesman, Bala Elkana, had said armed bandits murdered the former presidential aide.
However, Elkana later recanted his earlier remark, saying men of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, killed Gulak.
A Situation Report, SITREP, had confirmed that ESN operatives had waylaid and killed Gulak along the airport road at Obiangwu Junction at Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area.
Reacting, IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, distanced the secessionist group from the assassination.
A statement by Powerful reads: “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the untenable allegation by the security agencies that IPOB was responsible for the assassination of former presidential aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak on his way to Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri Imo State.
“We, therefore, state without equivocations that IPOB knows nothing about the said assassination. We had nothing in common with Gulak and could not have killed him.
“This is purely a smokescreen to justify their long awaited plan to declare another special military operation in the Eastern region to kill more innocent Biafrans.
“IPOB is not a terrorist organization and does not spill blood.
“For us, connecting with the assassination of Gulak is simply to pitch the East against the core Islamic North as a cover and justification for another round of pogrom against Easterners living in the North.
“We are only after the restoration of Biafra. Assassination of politicians is not part of our agenda.”