The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Wednesday threw its weight behind those, especially youths who have been on the streets of the country protesting and calling for an end to the intimidation, harassment and brutality of now proscribed SARS officials.
Recall that following the protests that hit many states in support of the #ENDSARS campaign, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Adamu Mohammed disbanded and renamed SARS to Special Weapon Tactics (S.W.A.T).
But the leadership of IPOB in a Statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB described the protests commended the youths for putting aside, their ethnic and religious differences to come out to protest the excesses of SARS operatives and police officers in general.
The Pro-Biafra group who demanded apology from the IGP and National Assembly for causing international embarrassment for the country and its citizens described the new name as announced by the IGP as pouring old wine into new bottle.
The group while calling on all the families of victims that have suffered extra-judicial killings particularly those killed during the on-going ENDSARS protest to come out and show their grievances to the world, Nigeria Government and to the Police, stated that the protest should continue until the right changes are effected.
Powerful in the statement said“ We the global movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to commend Nigerian youths for waking from their slumber to demand justice and rescue their future from strangers.
“IPOB gives kudos to all those involved in the on-going #ENDSARS protest all over the British created contraption. We are happy that at last the youths of this generation have come to terms with the brutal reality of life in Nigeria which we saw many years back.
We warn those unscrupulous individuals and groups who are busy congratulating an impostor, Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police for scraping SARS while Nigeria army, police and other security outfits are still busy shooting and slaughtering innocent protesters in every state of Nigeria.
“These sycophants congratulating Buhari for scrapping SARS should stop doing so because nobody has scraped SARS. What they did was to give it a new name; SWAT.
“The Nigeria government and the Inspector General of Police simply poured the old wine into a new bottle. This deceit should not be tolerated by any right thinking person.
“The Senate President, Speaker of House of Representatives, the ruling APC party and other individuals congratulating Buhari and IGP for scrapping the criminal unit of the Police are not sincere. They must apologize to the people for this international embarrassment.
“The sycophantic congratulations are a mockery of the blood of the innocent victims of SARS and other overzealous security personnel in the country.”
“Nigerian youths must not relent in fighting these criminals who abandoned all their responsibilities in dealing with armed robbers, kidnappers, ritualists and evil doers and resorted to chasing after innocent people who already encumbered with hardship caused by this present government led by Fulani cabal in Nigeria.
“We must end Nigeria now to enable everyone enjoy true freedom! #ENDSARS protest should graduate to #ENDNIGERIANOW. The youths must continue until they get results.
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“The cabal running the country is already jittery because it knows the implications of having aggrieved youths on the street. Youths shouldn’t give up or allow any compromise,” IPOB posited.