– A group known as the Intersociety and SBCHROs denies naming Ekweremadu, Peter Obi, IPOB sponsors – The group describes the report as malicious A group known as the Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) and Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) has denied a report that it named some elites in the south east as sponsors of Biafra the agitators.
The group in a statement on Sunday, June 5, said it never named deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state, and former governor of Anambra, Peter Obi as all part of those funding the Biafra agitators. The group made the denial in reaction to a publication on Daily Times which allegedly associated Peter Obi and others in the south east as those funding the Biafra agitators. Daily Times report that, Governor Willie Obiano was alleged to have gifted car and cash gifts to the IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu.
In the said report, the individuals and organisations below were listed as those allegedly funding the Biafra agitators: 1. Amnesty International,
2. Alaigbo Development Foundation,
3. Igbo Youth Movement,
4. Ike Ekweremadu,
5. Peter Obi,
6. Joe Achuzia,
7. US Embassy in Nigeria,
8. Mike Akuoma,
9. Ugochukwu Chinwuba,
10. Ikechukwu Okoye,
11. Prince Emeka Onyeso,
12. Okechukwu Nwanguma,
13. Aloysius Attah,
14. Ibuchukwu Ezike,
15. Tochukwu Ezeoke and his Igbo Ekunie group,
16. Justus and Justine Ijeomas,
17. Alex Olisa, Damian Ugwu,
18. Damian Ogudike, Tools & Allied Market and its leadership,
19. Ekwenche Group, USA,
20. Uche Asiegbu,
21. George Onyeibe,
22. Samuel Kamanyoku and others.
According to the group, these patrons of the Biafra movement were diverting resources meant for improving the lives of Nigerians to the pro-Biafra groups to finance their insurgency. Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned that it will be a big mistake on the part of the federal government and security operatives to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu because arresting him again will draw the attention of the world leaders. The pro-Biafra group in a statement by its media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful on Sunday, June 4, said Nnamdi Kanu is not afraid of going to prison a second time.
The group, according to Vanguard, said there was need to make the clarification, especially for those who were calling for the re-arrest of Kanu for allegedly flouting his bail conditions. As Biafra supporters celebrate 50 years remembrance of their beloved Biafra.