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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have promised not to attack journalists, saying they are dependable allies of the group.

The IPOB made their intentions known in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary issued by Emma Powerful entitled, “Journalist, our dependable allies, no plans to attack them” on Saturday.

The proscribed group posited that journalists have been on the side of truth in reportage all these years, hence, they have no reason against the NUJ and would spare journalists.

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The group noted that journalists were brave enough to report heinous attrocities of Fulani herdsmen, bandits and terrorists in Nigeria.

IPOB’s statement was at the backdrop of allegation that plans were afoot by the group in South East to attack Enugu NUJ and journalists in South East and in other places.

The statement partly read: “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the fallacious statement credited to one Petrus Obi, against IPOB concerning NUJ in the South East.

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“We want to make it clear that IPOB has nothing against NUJ and will support and defend NUJ and journalists because they have been on the side of truth regarding the atrocities of Fulani herdsmen, bandits and terrorists in Nigeria.

The group insisted that journalists were not its problem, but partners, stressing that IPOB was the most peaceful movement in the world today.

The statement regretted that the group was being painted black by detractors, saying that what was important to them was the restoration of Biafra.

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“The fabricated and fallacious statement from Petrus Obi against IPOB should be ignored and disregarded. We are aware that he is sponsored by the wicked Nigerian Government and enemies of Biafra, who are not happy with the reportage of pro-Biafra groups by journalists.”

“Petrus Obi has been at loggerheads with his people in the village as well as NUJ. He now wants to get cheap popularity by attacking IPOB, but we will not dignify him with a response.

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