Gunmen Post Video and Threaten to Disrupt 2023 Elections in Southeast

Gunmen terrorizing southeastern Nigeria have posted a video warning the Nigerian government not to hold the 2023 general election in the region. This is the first time the terror group has released a video clip since hostilities resumed in southeastern and parts of south-south Nigeria. In it video clipseen by PREMIUM TIMES, which has now gone viral, the gunmen said their complaint was the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). In the two minute and fifty-four second clip, four masked gunmen were seen in a forest wielding rifles as one of them spoke. The gunmen claimed that they have no sponsor and are not under the command of anyone. The video was released on Thursday, April 21. “We, the unknown gunmen in Biafraland, have come to make our position known to the public. We are here to protect our homeland by all means. We don’t have any sponsors. And we are not planning to have one,” one of the gunmen said. Continuing, he said, “We are not under the command of Simon Ekpa, DOS, or Uwazuruike. Any government that gives any of these people money is wasting their time. “Only the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu can calm us down. Sitting at home on Mondays is sacrosanct. Nothing can stop him apart from the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. “There will be no elections (in the southeast), and anyone who attempts any electoral issue will die.” The gunmen also threatened to confront any official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) they saw holding elections in the southeast. “No more political posters in Biafraland. If you try us, you are on campaign, the fire will burn you. Biafran fake media, do you think you can post any rubbish? “We unknown gunmen have had enough of you. We will no longer tolerate any trash from the media.” the gunmen warned. The gunmen alleged that some people betrayed them by taking bribes from the Nigerian government. “Emma Powerful, Chinasa Nworu, Justice Udo, who we also call (our) enemies, and three other people in the US, who we are still trying to get their full identities from, have been bribed by the Nigerian government,” said. They accused the named persons of sending “men to harm Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe”, but that the men rejected their directive. The gunmen said people sent the names of the “men” to the media when the men rejected their directive to harm the senator from Abia. The armed men did not mention the names of the “men” allegedly instructed to attack Mr. Abaribe. “From now on, we declare you wanted. Anywhere in the world, we will go after them by all means,” the gunman said of the people. The people accused of hatching the plan to attack the lawmaker are known members of the IPOB faction loyal to Nnamdi Kanu. Mr. Abaribe: connecting the dots Mr Abaribe, the lawmaker representing Abia South in the Nigerian Senate, has been a vocal figure reportedly supporting Biafran agitation in the region. The senator was one of Kanu’s bondsmen when the IPOB leader was granted bail in April 2017. The Senator from Abia Sur was arrested on June 22, 2018 by the Nigerian secret police, SSS, for his alleged links to the IPOB group. He was released about four days later. What is known so far Gunmen are believed to be behind frequent attacks in the southeast, often targeting security agencies and government installations in the region. The gunmen, who are said to be part of the Biafra unrest, have repeatedly expressed their distaste for election activities in the southeast. ALSO READ: Armed men bomb another police precinct in Anambra They have been attacking INEC officials in the region and often refer to the southeast and some parts of south-south Nigeria as “Biafraland”. In the past week, the gunmen killed an INEC official, Anthony Nwokorie, at a polling station in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of ​​Imo State, where the ongoing voter registration exercise took place. The Nigerian government has accused IPOB of being responsible for the deadly attacks in the southeast. But the group has repeatedly denied involvement in the attacks. The separatist group is leading the agitation for the formation of an independent Biafra state from south-east and some parts of south-south Nigeria. The leader of the secessionist group, Nnamdi Kanu, is currently detained in Abuja, where he is facing trial for treason. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Gunmen Post Video and Threaten to Disrupt 2023 Elections in Southeast