Two pro Biafra groups, the Indigenous People of Biafra and Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB have denied being involved in the recent seizure of a ship and its crew.
Both groups in different statements said their members were non-violent and responsible members of the society and cannot be involved in such activity.
Niger Delta ex-militants in support of the sovereignty of the state of Biafra claimed responsibility for the hijack of the ship on Friday along the Bakassi Pennisula Nigeria coastal line.
The militants demanded the release of Biafran leader Nnamdi Kanu as a ransom for the release of the ship and its crew.
They threatened to blow up the ship with the crew onboard if the Nigerian government failed to comply with a 31-day ultimatum.
The spokesperson for the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Emma Powerful, in a statement said “IPOB is a non violent group with responsible members of the society in Nigeria and in diaspora and cannot involve in any violent activity that may possibly harm or take life of anybody from in and outside Nigeria.”
Emma also said lot of groups are rising up to speak against the ill treatment meted on the IPOB leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, who is presently held in Kuje prison, Abuja.
Also, leader of MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, said members of the MASSOB group are non violent and don’t have the weapons to take any ship hostage let alone threaten to sink it.
“I am aware that a militant group sometime gave Federal Government 21 day ultimatum to release Mr Nnamdi Kanu failing which they threatened that they will do what will surprise Nigerian Federal Government, may be it is the group, I do not even remember their name but I heard or about that threat.”
“Any method applied by any genuine Biafra agitating group to ensure that the Federal Government of Nigeria respect its law, and court orders is approved by MASSOB, but we in MASSOB have chosen the part of non-violence and we will maintain it until Biafra is achieved. I want you to quote me that I said this,” he added