The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has denied speculations that the organisation was being funded by politicians. The group insists no individual or group was capable of funding activities of a global movement that had a presence in over 100 countries.
This statement was in reaction to a statement credited to the former leader of MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazurike, that some Nigerian politicians were funding IPOB.
Uwazurike had alleged that some leaders of IPOB were getting financial aid to organise protests that had led to the loss of several lives.
He also added that although it was not opposed to peaceful protests by any group, it was important for IPOB members to stop their style of rallies in order to prevent further loss of lives.
“We welcome genuine protests like the ones always carried out by MASSOB. The IPOB protests are sponsored by politicians.” he said,
In response, IPOB spokespersons, Mr. Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya, said in a statement that rather than accuse IPOB unduly, it was Uwazurike that allegedly collected money from politicians to fund MASSOB.
“To set the records straight, one of the cardinal rules in IPOB is that we don’t mingle with politicians, neither do we accept any monetary gift or inducement from any politician.
“This is one of the greatest frustrations of certain governors who have tried everything within their powers to induce IPOB with money, but we rebuffed them.”
With the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Nnamdi, still in detention, the group has accused the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice (ECCJ) of lacking the courage to deliver justice dispassionately on the case of the abuse of human rights being meted against its leader.
Nnamdi Kanu was arrested in Lagos on 14 October 2015 and has been held in prison since then despite various court orders that ruled for his release. Members of the IPOB in the South-east have also held series of protests, demanding his release.
Earlier this month, a federal high court sitting in Abuja barred reporters from covering the trial of the self-acclaimed leader of the IPOB. As the court resumed hearing on his case, only close family members were allowed into the court by security operatives. No reason was given by the court for this decision.
No reason was given by the court for this decision. The officers working for the court, however, said they had orders not to let journalists in, except those with Federal High Court tags.
Nnamdi Kanu had protested against a court ruling on Tuesday, December 14, by Justice Binta Nyako, who permitted the government to shield identities of witnesses billed to testify against him at the secret trial.
The IPOB leader fumed in anger said it was against his fundamental human rights and the tenets of Justice and fair hearing.
Mr. Kanu is standing trial on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to an unlawful society. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.