The Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) described the invasion of Sunday Igboho’s home as barbaric.
Its spokesman Emma Powerful said: “Sunday Igboho has not killed anybody. Nigeria government and her security operatives invaded his home and kidnapped his innocent women in the house because of the proposed rally in Lagos on Saturday 4th of July 2021.
“IPOB worldwide is solidly behind Sunday Igboho and Odua nation movement. The attack on Igboho is akin to the attack they unleashed on the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Mazi Nnamdi on September 14, 2017 when the military python danced in his country home.
“It’s very appalling that the Nigeria security agencies are aiding and abetting terrorist herdsmen and Boko Haram, ISWAP and other terror groups to kill innocent citizens in Nigeria, while suppressing those genuinely defending their people.”
PANDEF: We stand in solidarity with Southwest
Also, the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) condemned the midnight raid of the Igboho’s residence and also asked the federal government to tell Nigerians the truth about what it described as the abduction of the Indigenous People of Biafra leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, by agents of the Department of State Services, DSS.
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In a communique issued at the end of its extraordinary meeting held on Thursday and Friday in Abuja, the forum described the raid on Igboho’s house as brutal and bloody.
It said the raid by agents of the Department of State Services, DSS, in a gestapo manner, claimed the lives of innocent citizens and led to the destruction of property.
It said: “We stand in solidarity with Afenifere, and the South-West people on this matter and call on Mr President to immediately call to order the security agencies and cease all forms of flagrant abuse of power.
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“We also stand firmly, in solidarity with the people of the Middle Belt Region, in the face of brutal physical attacks and seeming plans to destroy their every means of livelihood, by suspected Fulani gunmen.
“We caution the Federal Government of Nigeria over the now likely deleterious consequences of ignoring, or treating with contempt, the 16-Point Agenda presented to President Muhammadu Buhari on 1st November 2016.
“Currently, the Youth in the Niger Delta have declared a “Vote of No Confidence” on PANDEF, because it was the leaders of the region that stayed their hand when, in frustration, they had decided to cripple the national economy, in 2016.
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“We request the Federal Government to tell Nigerians the truth of the process which led to the abduction of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, and his clandestine, forceful repatriation to Nigeria, and hope that he will be given a fair and open trial.”
The forum cautioned that the reported identification of sponsors of Nnamdi Kanu should not be an alibi to witch-hunt and persecute phantom enemies imagined by the government
The DSS said its men recovered illegal arms — including seven AK-47 rifles — and thousands of ammunition from Igboho’s house.
The agency also paraded 13 supporters of the activist, who allegedly attacked DSS operatives during the raid.
There are indications that Sunday Igboho, has gone underground following a manhunt for him by the DSS for allegedly stockpiling arms to destabilise Nigeria.
Yhe whereabouts of Igboho is also unknown to his associates.
Some said they had not been able to reach him since the DSS launched a manhunt for him on Thursday night.