The Indigenous People of Biafra have distanced themselves from a 22-year-old executioner, identified as Amaka Onah, who was arrested by the Nigerian military and labeled as a member of IPOB’s military team, the Eastern Security Network.

The alleged executioner, after her arrest in Imo State, had reportedly confessed to killing five people so far.

But in a statement by IPOB spokeswoman Emma Powerful on Thursday, the secessionist group maintained that Onah was not a member of ESN, claiming his arrest and confession was a ploy to discredit the group.

The statement read in part: “From the alleged confessional statement of the alleged executioner, she claimed to have joined ESN four months ago, shows that she received a very poor script because IPoB stopped recruiting ESN agents since 2020 before our leader inaugurated. formally ESN in December 2020.

“After the inauguration, there has been no recruitment of new ESN operatives. IPoB has separately announced via Radio Biafra, press releases and other media outlets that it has stopped recruiting new agents at ESN.”

Describing the setting as a “Nollywood movie”, IPOB stated that it will not be intimidated.

“The Nigerian government should know by now that IPoB cannot be blackmailed or intimidated by the ‘Nollywood’ movies they are acting in because they are very predictable and we know their plans even before they execute them,” the statement added.

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