The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) has denied culpability in the attack on the Christian Universal Church in Port Harcourt run by the father of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
The church was attacked over the weekend. Police said three suspected IPOB members were arrested in connection with the incident.
IPOB, however, said in a statement on Tuesday by its spokesman Emma Powerful that the allegation was false.
“The attention of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the fabricated and state-sponsored propaganda peddled by Nyesom Wike and his co-travellers that peaceful and innocent members of IPOB are responsible for an alleged attack on his father’s building on Saturday night.
“We want to state categorically and for record purposes that IPOB knows nothing about the said purported attack. We do not indulge in explosive devices and we do not have any intentions to do so in the near future.
“We have said it on numerous occasions that violence is not part of the agenda in our quest to restore Biafra. Any day we decide to take up arms against the state, which is not in our immediate contemplation, it won’t be done in secret,” the group said.
Wike recently signed executive orders to outlaw the activities of IPOB in the state.