The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leadership have said that it will continue to hold Chief John Nwodo, South East governors, Nigerian Army and some Lagos-based political errand boys responsible for the murder of dozens of agitators during Operation Python Dance II.
The IPOB leaders also accused Chief Nwodo and South East governors, especially Dave Umahi and Okezie Ikpeazu and their associates of compromise over the killings of innocent IPOB members whose only crime was to stand up for their right in defence of the honour and dignity of the Igbo race and entire people of Biafra.
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma, stated that Nwodo and South East governors must know that the Ndigbo are now enlightened enough not to accept their gimmicks and lies.
According to the group, Nwodo’s call fo the Nigerian Army to probe the massacre in Abia and Rivers State is medicine after death.
It said, “There was no justification for Nnia Nwodo and South East governors to betray or sabotage the efforts of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB who were merely trying to rescue their nation Biafra from the hell Nigeria had become.
“The damage of Operation Python Dance has already been done. Those that perished as a result of the actions of Nnia Nwodo and South East governors, will never again rise from the grave.
“Therefore, it will be foolhardy for Ohaneze Ndigbo and South East governors to act as though we have all of sudden forgotten the event of the 14th of September, 2017 that occasioned the killing of our vibrant youths in cold blood and possible murder of our leader and his parents.’
It added that Nwodo and his associates will never exonerate themselves from such crime against humanity by merely offering warm words at a function in Enugu.
“Any probe of the military invasion of Igboland and killing of IPOB members at Afaraukwu Umuahia, Isiala Ngwa, Aba and Obigbo Igweocha must start with the role Nwodo, Umahi, Ikpeazu and other governors played.
” They cannot join hands with the spirit of the dead to kill at night, then join the living during daylight to shed Crocodile tears at the funeral of their victims.
Those IPOB members slaughtered by soldiers died because Nnia Nwodo, Dave Umahi, Okezie Ikpeazu wanted Nnamdi Kanu killed at all cost in order to stop IPOB and please the North who threatened to kill Igbo people living in Northern Nigeria if Biafra agitation is not stopped.
“We urge the public to carefully scrutinise the statements of Nnia Nwodo, Okezie Ikpeazu and Dave Umahi during and immediately after the military siege at our Kanu’s compound between 10-14 September 2017 to find answers to many questions regarding the role these Igbo men played in masterminding the slaughter of their own people, “ it added.