The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned those going about duping members of the public in the name of raising funds for its security arm, Eastern Security Network (ESN) to desist or be ready to face the consequences.
The group warned that anybody soliciting money for ESN funding should be treated as a scammer.
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB reiterated that the ESN was being funded by selfless contributions of its members and other individuals desirous of having peace and order in ‘Biafraland’.
It advised its members to immediately report those masquerading as IPOB-ESN to trickishly collect money from people, stressing that such money might likely be used in funding criminal activities against its land and people.
The statement partly reads: “We wish to sound a note of warning over a worrisome information coming to the global family of IPOB in Biafraland and to particularly warn those going around collecting money from politicians with the name of Eastern Security Network (ESN) to stop.
“We maintained that no politicians, businessmen and religious leaders should for any reason part with money to anyone flashing the name of ESN security outfit without following the proper channels.
“We encourage our people to report anyone masquerading as IPOB-ESN using any trick to collect money from people to any IPOB family. Anyone giving money to such criminals maybe ignorantly funding criminal activities against our land and people.
“We want our people to know that IPOB leadership has never authorized anyone to threaten and coarse our people to support ESN. Hence such person or group are scammers and therefore should be regarded and treated as such.
“ESN was established to secure our land from fulani terrorists and are funded by selfless contributions of IPOB family members and other individuals who want our land secured. All politicians in the Eastern States should stop encouraging criminalities and focus on liberating the land given to them.
“Any individual, corporate bodies, organizations that wishes to support the security of our land should follow the proper channels. There is only one ESN under IPOB with disciplined and powerful leadership globally known as the Directorate Of State (DOS) who’s structural leadership pattern is “Command and Control”
“Our people should realise that there’s huge fight coming against them from Fulani controlled government and terrorists and we should wait for them because they are coming. If you have given money through anyone with good intentions to supporting IPOB/ESN and IPOB-DOS wasn’t notified of such funds, then you were scammed.
“If you paid money and had not been recognized and appreciated by the top heirachy of IPOB please demand for a refund if it was given with good intentions or consider it a bad-business if such was intended to run down the struggle for Biafra restoration project.
“Our stern warning goes to those defrauding and forcefully extorting people of their hard earned money with IPOB or ESN on their lips, such people must desist from such criminal activities immediately or face the wrath of IPOB.
“There’s no consultant, taskforce, middlemen nor group appointed by the Directorate of State of the Indigenous People Of Biafra for fund drive. Any time we decide to have other channels of raising funds for ESN Volunteers in their continuous effort to secure our land such information will always be put to the public domain and subsequently announced though Radio Biafra.
“At this moment, the only channel for any monetary support for ESN is through IPOB leadership (DOS). Those who genuinely want to support our Homeland Security should contact IPOB-DOS through the appreciate channels.
“IPOB remains whiter than white and whiter than snow, still proud itself as the most disciplined global movement, we are intact, formidable, documented, verifiable, transparent among family members yet we are on a freedom fight and would never permit being taken for granted.
“Our hallowed name cannot be taken for crime shield as such comes with a costly price. Criminals and Scammers are warned to avoid us, don’t claim IPOB if you can’t prove your membership even if you’re a Biafran. We are all Biafrans, however, IPOB freedom fighters are distinguished.”