According to a statement released by the group’s media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful in Akwa, the BSS was just like any other vigilante created to safeguard returnees from the North and checkmating the herdsmen.
They insisted that the outfit would not be in a contest with the Nigerian security operatives.
Nnamdi Kanu and Biafra Secret Service Controversy had trailed the announcement by IPOB that it would set up a security outfit, with many notable Nigerians describing it as another attempt by the pro-Biafra group to increase the already mounting tension in the country.
The full statement by the IPOB reads:
“It is like any other vigilante group, but this has a national coloration in that the protection would be Biafra wide.
“There is nothing treasonable about protecting our farms and villages from Fulani herdsmen and people should stop turning English language upside down.
“There is nothing treasonable about exercising the right to self-determination and securing lives and properties.
“In Arewa North, there are Hisbah, Sharia Police and other forms of Islamic police. Why can’t Biafrans have their own security to protect innocent mothers and our women from being raped and killed by Fulani herdsmen?”
Meanwhile, hundreds of keen youths have allegedly volunteered to join Biafra Security Service. A video had earlier emerged which showed Nnamdi Kanu inspecting the formation.
The Commissioner of Police Abia, State Command, CP Adeleye Oyebade has recently declared BSS illegal citing that the Nigerian constitution recognizes only the Nigerian Police, Nigerians Army and the Department of States service.
According to Oyebade, any other group claiming to be providing security without an approval from constitution was illegal. He also warned those behind the formation of the security network to retrace their steps.
The IPOB had on one occasion raise alarm over claims of increasing evidence of kidnapping, use of torture, illegal arrests and execution by the Nigeria Armed forces towards Biafrans. In their call via Igbo Focus, the group released names of Igbos about to be kidnapped or possibly killed by the federal government of Nigeria.
They accused the State Security Services (SSS), of plotting a secret operation to silently abduct and assassinate persons mentioned in the list. Thus, they call on Amnesty International and global community world leaders to intervene and safeguard the lives of those mentioned.