The Indigenous People of Biafra has denied the attack on Obiano at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Ekwulobia on Sunday.
It said the purported attack on the governor was orchestrated within the government circle to tarnish IPOB’s image.
In a press statement made available to our correspondent in Awka on Sunday evening by IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, the group accused some government officials of complicity in the attack.
The statement read in part, “IPOB and its leadership worldwide under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu accuses the Federal Government, Gov Obiano and some few politicians in Nigeria of recruiting some unducated individuals and students in the universities to infiltrate into IPOB in order to label IPOB as a violent group.
“These government contractors moblised people who went to Catholic church harassed those in a church service in Ekwulobia in order to create room for security operatives to begin to arrest our members in Ekwulobia and environs. IPOB leaders and members are very intelligent people who cannot involve in any act of violence.
” It is crystal clear to all and sundry that IPOB under Nnamdi kanu remain nonviolent in their pursuit for Biafra freedom and cannot change our methods of peaceful approach towards the restoration of Biafra.
“The election boycott in Anambra come November this year remain but cannot cause any violence.
“We are aware that some politicians and Nigeria security employed some uneducated individuals and groups in the society to harass the general public in the name of IPOB members.
” Some government contractors printed IPOB t- shirts and Biafra flag with huge amount of money to be shared to the hungry youths to claim to be IPOB members under Nnamdi kanu.
“We are advising the general public to beware of fake IPOB who were paid by politicians to cause confusion in Anambra and other states in Biafranland.