Lauretta Onochie, a Senior Special Assistant on Social Media has declared that there will never be the Republic of Biafra again, this is coming after the Presidency accused the IPOB and the ESN of the attack of the Owerri Correctional facility in Imo State on Sunday, 4th of April 2021.
The SSA who shared a video on her Twitter page while captioning it that there will never be another Biafra Republic nor will the recent secessionist move by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) which is championed and led by Nnamdi Kanu ever come to pass.
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Lauretta Onochie’s statement is coming as a reaction to the recent attack on the Owerri Correctional Prison in Imo State, which took place, Monday morning April 6th. Onochie who is a South-Easterner herself tweeted a video showing the former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, receiving the then one of the secessionist leaders Biafran Vice-President, Major General Philip Effiong, who facilitated the surrender of the Biafran State and its return back into the Nigerian fold in 1970.
Major General Effiong who had assumed leadership of the secessionist state after the Biafran leader, Colonel Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, fled to Ivory Coast in the heat of the civil war.
“The very day nails were put in the coffin of Biafra. There’ll never be Biafra again, Never!” the President’s aide captioned the video.
However, decades later, secessionist agitations resurfaced in the South-East. The agitation, this time, is being championed by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
The Buhari administration had in September 2017 outlawed IPOB and declared that the activities of the group constituted an act of terrorism and illegality. Before then, Kanu was arrested and jailed but was later released from the Kuje Prison in Abuja after meeting bail conditions. The IPOB leader later fled the country and has been operating from overseas.
Of late, IPOB formed the Eastern Security Network but the security outfit has no backing of the governors of the South-East. It has, therefore, being at loggerheads with state-authorised security agencies like the police and the army.
It was earlier reported that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Monday, accused IPOB’s ESN operatives of being the masterminds of attacks on the Imo State Police Command headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Prison, which led to the release of over 1,800 inmates and the destruction of scores of vehicles and state assets.
Watch Lauretta Onochie’s video below;
Relief on the faces of Philip Effiong 2nd in command to Ojukwu & his men as they surrender says #NeverAgainBiafra
The joy on d face of d then Head of state Yakubu Gowon says, #OneNigeria.
— Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) April 5, 2021
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