The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned the British high commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing to stay away from the southeast region.
IPOB in a statement on Thursday by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful said the life of the British diplomat is at risk as some people have planned to assassinate her during her planned visit to the southeast.
The IPOB statement added that the plot to kill her was unveiled by the intelligence arm of the group adding that those behind the plot, plan to blame it on IPOB so as to turn the British government against the Biafra agitators.
Powerful however noted that IPOB is not a violent group and can never be involved in the killing of others but warned Laing in her own safety’s interest to stay away from the southeast and Biafraland to avoid any unfortunate story.
He warned Laing to be “more conscious of her environment” in order to “save her life”.
“The reason for this sincere security advice is to save her life despite her hatred for Biafra and Igbos in particular. We have optimal respect and value for the sanctity of life, especially for visitors to our land,” the statement continued.
“In view of the recently intercepted Intel by our M-Branch, the IPOB Intelligence Unit Department, there’s an orchestrated conspiracy to perform a sacrifice big and powerful enough to strengthen the potency of the British hatred against the Igbos and Biafra. Such a high profile plan is zeroed toward using a highly placed person capable of making headline news globally as a scapegoat.
“The leadership of IPOB do hereby advise that Ms Catriona Liang must as a matter of life and death suspend all her planned activities involving travels within Biafran Territories. Those that are threatened by the Biafra restoration project have perfected evil plans to assassinate Ms Catriona Liang, the British Envoy on Biafra soil as a quick and cogent reason for Britain to disengage their weapons supplies to Ukraine and concentrate same towards Nigeria to be used against Biafrans. Their aim is to quash the agitation for Self-Determination and to kill as many Indigenous Biafrans as possible and other residents in Biafra land.
“IPOB does not wish the British Envoy death or dead, however, if she ignores this advice and walks into the trap already set by the enemies of the Biafra struggle, that will be considered suicidal.”
IPOB further called the attention of the UK government to the non-violent approach by the group in achieving its aim of becoming an independent Biafra nation.
“The UK Government must understand that IPOB’s grudges against them have not reached to the extent that warrants assassination of their citizens in Biafraland, in Nigeria or in any other part of the World for that matter,” he added.